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Sudaka writes from Barcelona with news of the sad death of Dharmachari Virananda, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order for over 30 years. He says - “Virananda died at 18.15 Thursday 19 April 2012 here in Barcelona in the hospital del Mar, in the company of Rijumati, Claire (his sister), Nagesvara, one of his chess-playing friends, and Alber, a local friend.
His funeral will be at midday on Wednesday 25th in Barcelona. There will be a ceremony at the morgue and crematorium, followed by food at a friend’s house, with readings from his writing and live music.
Yours in the Dharma, Sudaka
Virananda was ordained by Sangharakshita on March 23 1978. He was a Manjughosha practitioner. At the time of his death he was just coming up to his fifty-eighth birthday and had been living in Barcelona for the past few years.