People here in Syracuse share an interest with other people internationally in a search for the best manners in which to live a healthy and long life. Reports on the long and productive lives of many Buddhists has Buddhists here in Syracuse sharing the belief that an adherence to a Buddhist way of life can help you enjoy a long life. An article in The Buddhist Channel, http://www.buddhistchannel.tv, titled “Revered Phuket monk to turn 114” borrowed from the Phuket Daily News reports that hundreds of well-wishers had planned to help revered Phuket monk Luang Pu Supha celebrate his 114th birthday in Phuket, Thailand.
Luang Phu Supha feels that his secret to longevity has been to “eat less, speak less and always speak the truth”. Luang Phu Supha has just returned from a five-day pilgrimage to Medan, Indonesia. He enjoyed his landmark birthday celebrations at his temple, named after him, in Chalong on September 16 and 17. It has been reported that although Luang Pu Supha is not recognized by Guinness World Records as the World’s Oldest Living Man, for many of those closest to him, he is actually celebrating his 116th birthday.
The birth certificate of Luang Phu Supha, claimed to have been issued two years after he was born, reads September 17, 1896. This would make him either four days, or two-years and four-days, older than American Walter Bruening, who is currently recognized as the World’s Oldest Living Man by Guinness. It is reported that all his official identification documents, including his current house registration and ID card, show that he is four days older than the American, unofficially making him the World’s Oldest Living Man.
Kriangsak “Ko Keng” Suksoomboon, who is one of Luang Pu Supha’s closest aides and temple committee members, has said “If Guinness World Records would like to come to prove his age, then this would be a good thing, but we will not pay for that.” In order to verify such a record, a Guinness verification expert would need to come to Phuket. Before Luang Pu Supha departed for his trip to Indonesia, the Gazette was granted a private audience with the revered monk and Ko Keng in his quarters.
It has been reported that Luang Pu Supha was in good spirits about his trip and upcoming birthday celebrations, but had some mild difficulty with hearing. Ko Keng helped him speak to the Gazette. Ko Keng said “His body is strong but inside he is getting old now.” Luang Pu Supha is reported to avoid spices and salts in his diet, but he is said to have a sweet tooth, his favorite dessert being khao neaw kaew which is sticky rice with sugar. Recently Luang Pu Supha was admitted to Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok where he received treatment for an “enlarged heart”, but has been recovering well.
Luang Pu Supha released 119 birds as part of his celebrations in Phuket, Thailand on his birthday. Many well wishers came to his birthday celebration.
And so Buddhists here in Syracuse feel they are on a path to a long life as long as they live with the same dedication to Buddhist ideals as Luang Pu Supha has been living with into his old age with.
Mandel News Service: http://www.mandelnews.com