Venerable Maha Bodhi Myaing Sayadaw passes away

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Maha Bodhi Myaing Sayadaw.

Maha Bodhi Myaing Sayadaw passed away at 1:10 pm on 30 April at Nayyadham Monastery in Kanbalu Township, according to statements from the monk’s disciples.
The monk started to develop a fever on 29 April at his monastery and died of kidney disease on 30 April after being treated by doctors. He was 83 years old and 45 Vasa when he passed away.
He was born to U Ba San and Daw May in Mingon Village, Kanbalu Township, Sagaing Region, on the first waning day of Waso in 1303 ME. His name is Maung Nyein Maung.
His mother managed his first novice ceremony at the monastery in Mingon Village on the 6th waning day of Tabodwe, 1317 ME. He attained his monkhood on the first waning of Waso 1323 ME at the same monastery.
In 1319 ME, he passed the government’s first junior class at Shwebo Wailuwun Pali University. In 1321 ME, he came to study at Mawlamyine Seinmama Pali University, where he passed the government’s first intermediate class. In 1325 ME, he passed the government’s intermediate class at Thathanaramthi Pali University in Pathein Township, Ayeyawady Region.
In 1327, due to the challenges of monastic life, he disrobed and returned to lay life before working as a clerk in a cigar factory in Yangon.
In 1329, he married Daw Sein May from his village and made a living by opening a clothing shop while also operating an indigo production business in Yangon’s Thingangyun Township. He engaged in numerous social works and also served as a representative for a political party. Additionally, he held the position of Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
He began his Dhamma journey in 1337 ME, meditating, repairing pagodas, and wandering into the jungles to meditate.
Maha Bodhi Myaing Sayadaw resumed his monkhood on the 12th waning day of Thadingyut, 1341 ME, at the Khemathiwan Monastery in Yangon, before relocating to the jungle on the 4th waning day of Thadingyut, 1341 ME.
He gained fame in the years 1353-54-55 ME during his stay at Latlotetaung Monastery, located in a jungle in Pyinmana Township (now Nay Pyi Taw), due to rumours that he had powers of levitation.
His remarkable achievements included the management of converting more than 2,000 Lahu and Lishaw ethnic people at Thuwannashan mountain on the full moon day of Tabaung in 1357 ME. He also sent the converted devotees to other townships, including Yangon, to enrich their general knowledge.
The venerable monk practised three principles when choosing a place to reside. He did not reside in a place where the local monks were unhappy, where some local people were thugs practising bribery, relying on cheap popularity and accomplices, or in a place where people made money by abusing the religion. The funeral arrangements for the monk will be announced soon. — TWA/TH

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