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Last Journey

Update : March 25, 2020

I had the opportunity to serve as Master of Ceremonies at two last journeys.

Last Journey for Htay Lwin Nyo

  • Dr. Htay Lwin Nyo (EP 74) attended RIT and UCC.
  • His last job was Part time Professor of Electrical Engineering at San Jose State University.

Demise

  • Passed away alone at his home.
  • When he did not show up for the classes, his students requested SJSU authorities to investigate.
  • The Dean of the SJSU EE Department told his students to contact Htay Lwin Nyo’s relatives via the Burmese in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Ko Khin Maung Zaw (EC76) set up the commemorative web pages on the first ex-RIT web site. He also contacted Ko Kyaw Zwar Than (Jaws, then in Canada).

Cremation, Ash Scattering, Soon Kwyay

  • The Burmese Community helped with the Last Journey.
  • Pushed the trigger to start the incinerator.
  • Accompanied Dr. Lyn Swe Aye and Dr. Khin Nyo Thet to scatter his ashes in Santa Cruz.
  • Offered Soon Kwyay at Tathagatha Meditaion Center (TMC), San Jose.
  • The sad saga is described in
    https://hlamin.com/2020/03/05/dr-htay-lwin-nyo/

Last Journey for Sayadaw U Silananda

Trailblazer

  • Sayadaw was a Trail Blazer for the Burmese monks doing Dhamma Duta missions in the USA and beyond.
  • Sayadaw was also requested to serve as the first Rector of the International Theravada Buddhist University (IMBTU).
  • At the request of the devotees of Mahasi Sayadaw, he and U Kelasa were left behind in the USA.
    U Kelasa moved to the East Coast.
  • Theravada Buddhist Society of America (TBSA) was established in the San Francisco Bay Area to support Sayadaw U Silananda and the resident monks of Dhammanda Vihara (first located in Daly City and later moved to Half Moon Bay).
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Memorial Service

  • Sayadaw passed away on August 13, 2005.
  • He was 78 years old.
  • Served as Master of Ceremonies at the Memorial Service.
  • 50+ Theravada monks from Burma, USA, and UK attended.
  • Two Pro-Rectors — Sayadaw U Nanadamalabhivamsa and Dr. Myint Kyi — represented IMBTU.
  • “The sun that rose in the East has set in the West” proclaimed Sitagu Sayadaw.

Scattering the Ashes

  • Carried the box containing Sayadaw’s ashes.
  • Saya U Myat Htoo (C68, President of TBSA) led the procession.
  • Ashes were scattered near Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco from a yacht.
  • Sayadaw’s last journey was recorded by official photographers and videographers.
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Paying Homage

  • Served as Book Committee member and Contributing Editor for “Paying Homage to Saya U Silanananda.
  • The 2-set DVD of Saydaw’s last journey was provided as a supplement for the Commemorative book.

10th Anniversary

  • The 10th Anniversary of Sayadaw’s demise was celebrated in August 2015 at Dhammananda Vihara.
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U Osadha and U Hla Min
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Volunteer
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Devotees

Eulogy

I had the honor to say kind words about the fallen alumni

  • Darren Lee (M62, GBNF)
  • Henry Chee (U Myint Lwin, C63, GBNF)
  • John T Lee (U Tin Myint, M69, GBNF)

No Last Journey for us

  • There will be no last journey for us.
  • We have registered as organ donors.

Appreciation

  • We cherish the appreciation of the sponsors, donors, volunteers, and well-wishers for the soon kyway on August 20, 2016 at Half Moon Bay monastery.
  • Received an appreciation award from RIT Alumni world wide.
  • Thanks to sayas and alumni near and far who took special time to express their appreciation to the messenger / amateur historian.
  • Simply following the practice of our philanthropic ancestors, who donated cash and kind for hospitals, clinics, schools, pagodas and tazaungs.
  • Ko Thaung Sein (Steeve Kay, EC70, Multiple Golden Sponsor) said, “Do not retire. Re-tire.
    He mentioned that if we can serve the sayas and alums for two decades, we should be satisfied since RIT is a dying breed.

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