Thai Buddhist monk hosts funeral for himself as lesson about demise

A Buddhist monk made headlines in Thailand when he invited residents within the northern province Phittanulok to a funeral… his funeral. The abbot at a neighborhood temple is alive and nicely, but wished the ceremony to send a message to his followers that death is regular and just a half of life.
The funeral on the Pothiyan Temple followed traditional Thai Buddhist practices. A coffin with a fake body made from a banana tree was even burned within the temple’s crematory. 55 monks did Buddhist chants and prayers as the coffin was despatched to the crematory.
Off the record wearing black. A signal was had the monk’s name, Sunthorn Rojanakhun, together with his start date, 23 October 1968, and his “death date,” 23 October 2048. (He expects to die at age 80.)

Sunthorn’s funeral was meant to normalise the thoughts of death. He added that now there is not a need for a funeral when he dies as locals have already celebrated his life. Those who attended the funeral also each received 5 kilograms of rice as a present. Some residents informed the media that they plan to purchase lottery tickets with numbers matching the abbot’s age..

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