This was posted on Facebook this evening by Christian Daniel:
It is with great sorrow in my heart that I announce the passing away of Venerable Bikkhu Samahita Thera.
Not only was he an excellent monk, fully dedicated to the propagation of the doctrine through the internet and his academic endeavours, but he was also a very good friend of mine. He gave me great advice when I was dealing with tough emotional issues, doubts about the doctrine as well as existential crises. Without him, I wouldn’t have progressed the way I have. Moreover, his strong commitment to the doctrine was undeniable, despite being a western man he was very well versed with the doctrine and his views were based on his own interpretation of the Dhamma, which was pure and free from cultural influences.
It’s honestly one of those things that are difficult to understand. Last time I spoke to him about a month ago he was doing alright, I really didn’t see this coming. Had I known this would happen I would have done something for him because he did so much for me.
May you attain the final Nibbāna, Bhante. Thank you for everything.
Ven. Sam ā hita Thero (born 1960) was educated as a Medical Doctor at the Copenhagen University in Denmark , and became Associate Professor in Bioinformatics at the Technical University in Denmark, working with theoretical biology, and artificial intelligence. Cooperating with grandchildren of Danish Physicist Niels Bohr (Noble Prize 1922) stimulated a long cherished interest in Quantum Physics, and Einsteinian Relativity.
He arrived in Sri Lanka 2001, was ordained as novice at Maharagama Bhikkhu Training Center in 2002 by the late Ven. Madihe Paññasiha Mahanayaka Thera and fully ordained as Bhikkhu the same place in 2003 by Ven. Ñāna Ratana Mahanayaka Thera . As a monk of the Theravada Araññavasi n Forest Tradition, then he meditates mostly alone in a remote mountain forest hermitage in Bambarella, near Hulu Ganga, Panwila ~ 56 km from Kandy.
His main philosophical interest is the convergence and congruence of ideas within Early Buddhism, Orthodox Quantum Physics, Einsteinian Relativity, Information Theory, and Thermodynamics.
— with Jan Erik Hansen.
I was not that familiar with Bhante Samahita, other than his postings on Facebook. I looked today, and saw that he was at the Theosophical Society just recently, and I regret that I was not aware of this Dhamma talk.
It’s funny how we understand impermanence, but the sudden passing of a noble Bhikkhu is a bit of a gut punch. Sadness at his passing, just with the idea that he was part of the fabric of this Path for so many. Reflection on impermanence, and the idea that we really can treasure these men and women that have gone forth, and teach us, and how important they are to our lives and training, even if only via the internet. May he realize a most fortunate rebirth.