PASADENA, California - Nearly two weeks ago, 97 year-old Hindu/Christian saint* Sri Daya Mata (Rachel Faye Wright), president of Paramahansa Yogananda's Self Realization Fellowship and Yagoda Satsangha Society (India), passed away after serving for 55 years. She was a devotee of Yogananda for 80 years. The first step in her spiritual education was her new Hindu guru giving her a series of books to read -- beginning with the life of the Buddha.
This weekend saw open casket viewing services at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, followed by a large memorial service at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, where Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai often hold lectures, in the very Buddhist city of Pasadena. (Pasadena is possibly the most Buddhist city in America, although one would think San Francisco, Santa Monica, Boston, Boulder, and New York might disagree).
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