Update (August 27, 2005)
Dear Sayas and Colleagues,
Saya U Myat Htoo (Civil 68), who has recently retired, will become
a temporary monk tonight at Dhammananda Vihara, Half Moon Bay. There
will also be a "Neik Ban Zay" tomorrow at Dhammananda Vihara.
The ashes of Sayadaw U Silanandabhivamsa were taken from the
Dhammananda Viahra at 8 a.m. this morning to San Francisco Bay.
Sayadaw's remains were taken aboard "Just Dreaming" piloted by
Owner/Captain Lawrence Murray (Attorney at law). Saya U Myat Htoo,
President, TBSA, scattered the ashes over an area near the Golden Gate
Feedback: U Tin Htoon (Arch 60)
On Sunday August 21st, I went to fetch Sayadaw Ashin Nyanissara's
monk from Indiana staying at Fremont, same city as that of U
Dhammapiya's monastery. From there we proceeded to San Francisco
airport as Sitagu Sayadaw was arriving at 10:38 am. The plane arrived
on time but Sayadaw was held up by the immigration officer since he
came with the "Business visa". By the time he came out it was past noon
and he missed his lunch that day. Our original plan was to go to
Sayadaw U Silananda's monastery at Half Moon Bay from the airport.
Because of this delay we went directly to the mortuary from the
airport. Sayadaw wanted "Yet-sar". Luckily there was one Burmese family
at the mortuary who came from Bakersfield area, i.e. between LA and San
Francisco. They had "Yet-sar" and Sayadaw was happy to have it. When
Hla Min came, I told him to explain Sayadaw about the
program for the ceremony. Sitagu Sayadaw came well prepared in spite of
all the uncertaintities to come to US. He had his eulogy both in
English and Myanmar and was the best.
Hla Min was the MC for the ceremony. They started earlier than
scheduled so that people had more time. Since I am writing about
Sayadaw U Silananda's funeral to be featured in Appamada magazine, I
won't spend my time describing all the events in detail. I have
finished 2/3 of the article and hope to wrap up before the next
weekend. I will have to get some photos taken at Half Moon Bay and
during the viewing period. The photos that I have taken was on the day
of the cremation.
Dear Sayadaws & Dhamma friends,
I have managed to organize with the help of my son Myo Kyaw Swar
the photos that I took at Duggan's Serra Mortuary, Daly City and at
Wood Lawn cemetry, Colma city where Sayadaw was cremated. The photos
were taken on August 22, 2005. Photos S1 to S13 were taken at the
mortuary and the rest were taken at the Wood Lawn cemetry.
The pictures can be viewed at
For those who are not familiar with the use of the photo gallery,
you can make use of the slide show to view them conveniently and click
twice on the photos that you wish to see in a larger size.
I sincerely hope that these photos will bring back the fond memories
of our late Sayadaw's valuable contribitions to the propagation and
perpetuation of the Buddha's Teachings.
May all of you be able to acquire "The Art of Living" as taught by
Gotama Buddha, so that you will be able to end all the sufferings "In
This Very Life".
With Boundless Metta,
Tin Htoon & Helen Khin Thanaye
Thank you note
Captain Lawrence Murray (Attorney at law) and crew of "Just
Captain Gerald Swanson & family,
Captain Stanley Khoo & family
On behalf of the Theravadha Buddhist Society of America (TBSA), we
would like to thank you for your kindness and hospitality that made
"scattering of ashes" ceremony memorable.
Stanley Khoo, Past President, TBSA was gracious to organize the
ceremony for paying last respects to our beloved mentor Venerable
Sayadaw U Silanandabhivamsa, a learned Theravadan monk and Pali
scholar, who passed away recently. Sayadaw wrote over 30 books in
Burmese/Myanmar, English, Pali, and Sanskrit and conducted meditation
retreats all over the world. Feel free to visit http://www.tbsa.org
We were delighted to have your lovely, spacious boat and an
unforgettable trip to the vicinity of the San Francisco Golden Gate
Bridge, where the ashes of our spiritual teacher were scattered.
We would like to acknowledge what you did beyond the call of duty.
Our experience was beyond our greatest expectations. You have
accumulated kusala (meritorious deeds) by offering your (dana) services
and also by showing (metta) loving kindness and (karuna) compassion.
You can gain more merits by sharing your good deeds.
We were not just dreaming. It was reality. We lost a fine teacher,
who had touched the lives of people of various races and creeds. His
teachings transcend artificially created boundaries and baises. Even in
his demise, he made us realize that this world has lots of good caring
people willing to help others.
It's nice to have dreams. If someone likes to live his dreams by
having boat trips, "Just Dreaming Yacht" is a good, safe bet.
Feedback: Dr. Khin Mar Oo (Indiana)
Sitagu Sayadaw U Nyanissara arrived at Ft. Wayne, Indiana on August
23, 2005. Unfortunately, he was ill with pneumonia and all dhamma talks
were cancelled. His health has improved today and we are tentatively
palnning to have a dhamma talk on August 28, 2005 at 6pm. We will also
be sharing merits for the donation of the monastery to the sanghas who
will reside and practice Buddhism in Dhammarekkhita Monastery, 8133
Fort Wayne, IN 46816, U.S.A.
That's all for now.