Philosopher, linguist Prof Sathianpong Wannapok dies

Philosopher, linguist Prof Sathianpong Wannapok dies

Sathianpong Wannapok, right, in an undated photo with Luang Por Khemadhammo at The Forest Hermitage in Coventry, England. (Photo: Luangpor Khemadhammo Facebook account)
Sathianpong Wannapok, right, in an undated photo with Luang Por Khemadhammo at The Forest Hermitage in Coventry, England. (Photo: Luangpor Khemadhammo Facebook account)

Prof Sathianphong Wannapok (specially appointed), a member of the Royal Institute in the field of theology and respected philosopher died on Wednesday at the age of 83.

His relatives said Sathianphong was admitted to Thonburi Hospital on March 17 for treatment of an arterial problem. On March 27, he was transferred to Siriraj Hospital, where he died on Wednesday at 6.33pm.

Sathianphong's body was moved to Wat Tridhosthep Worawihan for evening prayers for five days and would be kept for 100 days prior to cremation, the relatives said.

Sathianphong was born on Feb 1, 1939, in Borabue district (in a tambon which is now part of Kut Rang district), Maha Sarakham province.

He received a bachelor's degree in arts and master's degree in the Pali-Sanskrit languages from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. He was bestowed an honourary doctorate degree in philosophy by Maha Sarakham University in 2005 and an honourary doctorate degree from Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University in 2007.

He was a renowned expert on Buddhism and the Pali language and author of many books on religion and philosophy.

Sathianpong also wrote articles for several magazines and was a columnist for Thai RathKhaosod and Matichon newspapers.

Luang Por Khemadhammo. who was a close friend, bade him farewell on his Facebook page and praised him as a "fine Buddhist scholar".

"We've known each other for more than fifty years. May he attain the secure and lasting peace of Nibbana!," the abbot of The Forest Hermitage in Coventry, England, wrote. 

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