Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Malaysia’s second richest man’s only son is a Buddhist monk


Take a moment to view this video of a simple talk delivered by Ajahn Siripanno, the only son of Malaysia’s second richest man who is Ananda Krishan, who is second generation Sri Lankan Tamil. His mother is Thai. The then youngster refused opportunity to work with his father to expand his father’s empire (personal fortune more than USD 8 billion) and instead walked the path of the Thai forest meditation tradition about 13 years ago. His ancestral home, which is preserved till today in Jalan Berhala as a family heritage, is just accross the road from the Buddhist Maha Vihara Brickfields, besides the Klang river bank. He wanted to test the monk life for two weeks, wanted to leave on the first day he arrived at the Monastery, still continues to live happily within the Dhamma.