The founder of the institute, a 100 year old abbot, passed away the same day.
When: December 22nd, 2020
Where: Wat Phothisomphon, Mak Khaeng subdistrict, Udon Thani province
Victims: Meditation pavilion
What: The Udon Thani police were informed of a fire at the meditation pavilion behind Wat Phothisomphon in Udon Thani on December 22nd, 2020.
The pavilion is a single story building and is part of the Willpower Institute (link below) organization. Police and volunteer fire fighters were unable to open the door to the building, and had to resort to dousing the water through a window. They broke the door down eventually. The fire spread to the roof of the building. After 30 minutes the team was able to control the fire. The interior of the pavilion was badly damaged, including the walls, ceiling, aircons, and furniture.
The pavilion hosts the Willpower Institute (Samathi) of Somdej Phra yan Wachirodom (Wiriyang Siritharo), abbot of the Thammamongkol Temple. This is the 32nd branch of 100 branches worldwide. They host a meditation class every weekday Monday through Friday from 6PM to 8:30PM.
The founder, Somdej Phra Yan Wachirodom, lived until 100 years, 11 months, and 15 days when he passed on December 22nd of this year.
The pavilion was hosting the meditation teachers who had come together to pray for the founder after his passing.
Nobody was injured. The monks at the temple next door saw the smoke and called authorities for help.
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My take: It’s stories like these that make me love what I do. I’m able to inform the English language readers of important local news and learn about people like the founder of this institute at the same time.
I hope that the institute is able to recover and I will be reading more about the founder, Somdesj Phra Yan Wachirodom, now that I know about the honorable monk.
Here’s a link to their website: http://www.samathi.com/2016/index.php
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