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The Celebration of 100th Birthday Anniversary of His Holiness Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, 3rd October 2013 Commemorative Stamp (2nd Series)
5 Baht (4 designs)
The Centenary of the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand
Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara was entitled the 19th and incumbent Supreme Patriarch of Thailand on 21st Aprilv1989 until the present day. He had a birth name of Charoen Khotchawat and dhamma name of Suvaddhano. He is a son of Mr. Noi and Mrs. Kimnoi and was born on Friday, 3rd October 1913 at Ban Nuea Sub-district, Muang District, Kanchanaburi Province. He was ordained as a Buddhist novice at the age of 14 in Devasangkaram Temple before moving to Bovoranives Temple in 1929. He the completed the highest level of Dhamma Studies and earned several posts in Thai ecclesiastic hierarchy. In 1956, he was appointed guardian and advisor to H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej during his royal ordination in Bovoranives Temple.
He is the first Thai monk who initiated formal and tangible missionary in overseas countries. He has been playing an active role in Buddhism evangelical movement outside Thailand. He is specialized in foreign language, especially English. He has written more than 100 books on Buddhism in both Thai and English languages. In additions, he has composed various valuable academic works, documents and Buddhism textbooks.
In celebration of the 100-year birthday of Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, on October 3, 2013, Thailand Post has prepared two sets of commemorative stamp. The first of which has already been disseminated in 2012. The second set will depict his images in four phases of his life as painted by Mr. Theeraphan Lorpaiboon for the postage stamp design. In addition, a stanza in praise of him as written in handwriting and signed by Mr. Naowarat Pongpaiboon, a poet laureate of Thailand, has also been incorporated onto the souuvenir sheet.
Design: Illustrating the portrait of His Holiness Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara painted
by Mr. Theeraphan Lorpaiboon
Design 1: His Holiness' Childhood being ordained as a novice
Design 2: His Holiness was receiving food offerings in the alms-bowl during the inspection of the monasteries and visit Buddhist in northeastern provinces in 1973
Design 3: His Holiness donated objects to Hmong students at Doi Pui Priest's Campsite in 1993
Design 4: His Holiness when he went to Doi Pui Priest's Campsite in 1993
Quantity of stamps: 500,000 pieces Sheet Composition: 10 stamps per sheet