We’re sad to report that long-standing Order Member Baladitya died unexpectedly of a heart attack on 8 March. He died in northern Thailand where he lived for five months of the year, 2 hours inland from Chang Mai. His wife, Orasa, arranged his funeral celebrations in Thailand according to local customs and his body was cremated in a local wat. As news spread around the world, two of his close friends, Dharmabandhu and Sumana, were at Vulture’s Peak in India, at the time of his cremation and did some chanting and recollection of him.
Baladitya was ordained by Bhante Sangharakshita in October 1984 at Il Convento, Italy. The practice given to him at ordination was Amitabha. He was 63 years old.