Founder of Maha Bodhi Society passes away

Acharya Buddharakkhita (91), founder of Maha Bodhi Society, passed away here on Monday at Buddha Vihara, the society’s headquarters in Gandhinagar.

Born at Imphal in 1922, he studied engineering in Kolkata and became a Buddhist monk in 1949 after living with Ramana Maharashi at Thiruvannamalai. After studying and practising Buddhist philosophy, psychology and meditation in Sri Lanka and Burma for six years he returned to India and started the Maha Bodi Society in Bangalore. Under the society, he started schools, hostels, hospitals and an artificial limb centre. The release by the society stated that he had written over 150 books and published two magazines. The Myanmar government gave him the Abhidhaja Aggamaha Saddhammajotika award.

The last rites will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at Mahabodhi Dhammaduta Vihara at Narasipura village, Alur, Dasanapura hobli near Bangalore. — Staff Reporter

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