Ven. Ñānavīra Death Anniversary: A new monument in his memory

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Ven. Ñānavīra Death Anniversary: A new monument in his memory

Post by nyanasuci » Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:13 am

Dear Friends,

It is 50 years since Venerable Ñāṇavīra Thera passed away, we are glad to announce that we have taken on the responsibility of erecting a new monument in memory of Venerable Ñāṇavīra, and also of organizing a Memorial Day at the Bundala kuti in Sri Lanka. This idea has been in our minds for some time, but it is only now that the inspiration has support from some western Mahātheras, that we have taken this matter more seriously.

Inside the monument we will enshrine remains of Venerable Ñāṇavīra, and also the remains of one of his disciples, Venerable Ñāṇasumana. At present, those remains are safe in an unmarked grave but since it is a big anniversary, it seems like the right time to prepare something more suitable to commemorate Venerable Ñāṇavīra’s life.

The date of the Memorial Day has still to be confirmed, but we hope it will be sometime in early March 2016. For the occasion, we are going to invite some Mahātheras and other monks from Sri Lanka and abroad. Path Press team will be there. We also hope that other lay friends who perhaps knew Venerable Ñāṇavīra, his relatives, and those who have respect for his teachings will join us.

The monument will not be higher than 180 cm (6 feet) and we would like to use granite. Granite is durable, attractive, sturdy, and can withstand harsh weather conditions. It is also a strong and heavy enough material for an area which gets the occasional visit of elephants.

The design is not fixed – everything depends on how much is donated for the monument. Here is a computerized image of a “draft plan”. It might have two parts: a short “obelisk” with a stupa on the top.

If there is enough money left, we also have an idea to put a memorial plaque on the wall of the kuti where we can include the names of some notable residents of the kuti: Vens. Ñāṇavira, Ñāṇasumana and Ñāṇadipa.

If you would like to help this monument come to fruition, you can make a donation to Path Press; you can visit https://pathpress.wordpress.com/2015/07 ... -nanavira/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Ven. Ñānavīra Death Anniversary: A new monument in his memory

Post by SDC » Tue Jul 14, 2015 9:36 pm

A truly wonderful endeavor, Bhante. I look forward to contributing and seeing the project come together.

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Re: Ven. Ñānavīra Death Anniversary: A new monument in his memory

Post by cooran » Tue Jul 14, 2015 9:44 pm

This may be of interest:
Nanavira Thera
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Post by SDC » Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:46 pm

Indeed, Chris.

These as well:
Path Press
nanavira.org


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Ven. Ñānavīra Memorial

Post by SDC » Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:59 pm

Just wanted to share with everyone what is taking place this afternoon in Sri Lanka. I am sure there will be pictures to share soon after.

From Path Press:
On 26th February 2016 people will gather together in Bundala, Sri Lanka to remember the life of the Ven. Ñānavīra Thera who passed away in 1965, and reflect on the effects his writings have had on us over the past 50 years. At this occasion we will enshrine the remains of Ven. Ñānavīra and set up a new monument which has been built with many donations from devotees. Also on this occasion we will prepare a suitable grave for the remains of his disciple, Ven. Ñānasumana, who died in Bundala five years later, in 1970 – his remains have been kept together with Ven. Ñānavīra’s ever since. The kuti (hut), where the Venerables were living, is to have a plaque placed on it to remind future generations of hermits and visitors of the historical importance of the place. The celebration starts around midday. Everyone is welcome to join with us.

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Re: Ven. Ñānavīra Death Anniversary: A new monument in his memory?

Post by Alokavati » Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:44 pm

Hello lm planning to visit Sri Lanka and would visit the Ñānavīra monument and honour his memory?

Where is it exactly in Bundala?

Mudita

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Re: Ven. Ñānavīra Death Anniversary: A new monument in his memory?

Post by SDC » Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:12 pm

Alokavati wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:44 pm
Hello lm planning to visit Sri Lanka and would visit the Ñānavīra monument and honour his memory?

Where is it exactly in Bundala?

Mudita

Paul
Hi Paul,

The monument is very close to the kuti that was built for Ven. Nv, just outside of Bundala . As far as I know, a monk currently resides there so I am not sure if any special arrangements need to be made in order to visit. I would contact the local monastery - chances are the locals can get you out there. If you have any issues drop me a PM and I'll do some poking around for you.

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