Kobe, December 14 (LocalWire): The chief monk of the Dhauli Peace Pagoda, Kazuo Yoda who had visited Bhubaneswar along with his Guru Fuji in 1971 breathed his last at the Kobe Temple on 12 December 2019.
Yoda who served as the resident monk of the Dhauli Peace Pagoda for more than three decades died at the age of 65 after a brief illness.
He had come to Bhubaneswar at the age of 15 years and had been living at the Dhauli Peace Pagoda since then.
He was a reformist monk who was highly respected for being able to combine and balance Buddhist learning with meditation practices.
“Rev. Yoda was one of the great Buddhist masters of meditation who lived a hermit-like life. He was determined to observe Buddhism in its pure state,” Mahabodhi Society of India president Dr. Bimalendu Mohanty said.
Historian Anil Dhir, a friend of Yoda, recalled his youthful zeal and innocence.
“He led a reclusive life at the Buddha Temple at the base of the Dhauli Hills, with his dogs for company,” Dhir said, adding that Yoda was a popular person in the nearby area and he had also set up a school.
“He will be greatly missed by his students and all those who are grateful for his teachings and his friendship,” he stated.
A memorial prayer meet was held at the Maha Bodhi Society of India’s Bhubaneswar Centre on the evening of the 13 December.
It was attended by Dr. Bimalendu Mohanty, Dr. Sourendra Mohapatro, Dr. Arya Kumar Gyanendra and Anil Dhir among others.