Update (September 11, 2005)
Saya U Myat Htoo (Civil 68, President, Theravada Buddhist Society
of America) recently spent a week or so as a "donlaba" [temporary monk]
at Dhammananda Vihara, Half Moon Bay. Today, his family and the
devotees of Venerable Sayadaw U Silananda offered soon to the resident
and visiting monks, and shared merits with beings in general and
Sayadaw who passed away on August 13, 2005.
A meeting followed after lunch. The two major decisions were:
(1) Sayadaw U Sobhana, Sayadaw U Jotlankara, and Sayadaw U Osadha were
nominated and elected by acclaim to be the Ovadaciraya Sayadaw, Nayaka
Sayadaw, and Wun-Saung Sayadaw respectively. The sayadaws pledged to
carry out the sasana work done by Sayadaw U Silananda.
(2) One issue of Dhammananda Newsletter will be published before the
end of the year. News and articles will also be posted on
Sayadaw U Jotalankara, Sayadaw U Osadha, U Hla Min, U Myat Swe
(Solar Printing, younger brother of Saya U Myat Thwin, ChE) and U Ye
Sint (Myanmar/Burmese section editor, Dhammananda Newsletter) will
initiate the project to publish "The Life and Works of Sayadaw U
Silananda" before August, 2006. Venerable Sayadaws, distinguished
authors, meditation masters, faculty of the International Theravada
Buddhist Missionary University (ITBMU), family memebers, devotees, ...
will be invited to share their memories and views in the special issue.
The book will be published as dhamma dana in Myanmar. Donors to
Sayadaw's health fund and memorial services will be presented with
copies of the book.
ITMBU [in conjunction with TBSA] plans to set up a scholarship in
Sayadaw U Silananda's name.
Per advice of Sitagu Sayadaw, TBSA plans to build a "small museum"
displaying Sayadaw's works.
That's all for now.