As you likely know, Sayadaw U Lakkhana, abbot of the Kyaswa Monastery and compassionate inspiration for the MettaDana project passed away earlier this spring. Sayadaw’s death inspired the full range of emotions for all of us involved in these projects in Burma – grief at our loss, appreciation for all he offered us over the years, joy for the goodness that he shared with so many, and concern for the future of Wachet village, for which he was a major benefactor.
Before he died, Sayadaw exhorted us to continue the Kyaswa retreat at the monastery and continue to endeavor in support of his vision for ongoing humanitarian work in the village of Wachet and the surrounding region. We promised to continue the retreat and to honor and support his good works in Wachet and beyond, inspired by a deep motivation to keep his vision for the Kyaswa retreat and the MettaDana work alive. Read more
Friends, we are very sad to let you all know that Sayadaw U Lakkhana passed away on June 4, 2014 at 1:30pm local time in his room at Kyaswa Monastery in Myanmar. We will all miss him dearly. The village of Wachet will miss him dearly, as will many people around the world. He offered a uniquely powerful voice of Dhamma rooted in kindness and compassion. His offerings to the world were many and great. We are profoundly grateful to him and will continue to honor and support his good works in Wachet and beyond in every way that we can.