Burmese Abbot’s Birthday Draws Thousands to Thailand Celebrations

Irrawaddy news- Tens of thousands of Burmese pilgrims crossed into Thailand this week to attend celebrations marking the 46th birthday of a monk who was once a close spiritual adviser of Burma’s ousted prime minister and military intelligence chief, Gen Khin Nyunt.

Mongphone Sayadaw Ashin Bhaddanta Nanasamvara is now abbot of Wat Weng Kaew in Chiang Saen, on the banks of the Mekong River in northern Thailand. He moved there from Burma after the fall of Khin Nyunt in 2004. continue http://www.irrawaddy.org/highlight.php?art_id=14899

see Mulimedia slideshow on Irrawaddy.org

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