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On visiting the corpse of Maurice Walsh at Amarāvati

Last weekend I visited Amarāvati with my daughter, for a children's weekend, to help prepare the Rainbows magazine. When we arrived, one of the monks told us that the theme would be impermanence. He mentioned that Maurice Walsh, a renowned Pāli translator and great friend to the Temple, had died two weeks before and that his body was lying in the Temple of Rest, behind the main shrine, until the ceremony which was to take place the following Monday prior to cremation. He suggested that we might consider visiting the corpse to sit quietly with it for a while.

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