Sangharaja

Sangharaja (Pāli: sangha religious community + raja ruler, king, or prince) is the title given in many Theravada Buddhist countries to a senior monk who is the titular head either of a monastic fraternity (nikaya), or of the Sangha throughout the country. This term is often rendered in English as 'Patriarch' or 'Supreme Patriarch'.

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Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana - Later Life
... By 2003, it was clear that the 90 year old Sangharaja was unable to effectively fill the position to which he had been appointed ... senior monks (selected by monastic rank, not age) to act on behalf of the Sangharaja ... lingering debates over the appointment of a second Sangharaja – one for the Dhammayutt Order, and one for the Mahanikaya Order ...
Tep Vong
... In 1981, Tep Vong was appointed the sangharaja of a unified Cambodian Sangha, temporarily dissolving the division between the Dhammayuttika and Mahanikaya orders that had existed ... He remained the sole official sangharaja of Cambodia until 1991, when Venerable Bour Kry was appointed sangharaja of the Dhammayuttika Nikaya by King ...
Buddhism In Laos - History - Buddhism and The Pathet Lao
... The Sangharaja or the Supreme Patriarch of Buddhism in Laos also urged the monks to work with the revolutionaries for the good of the nation ... Sangha hierarchy, including the Sangharaja was abolished and their elaborate fans which were the symbols of their ranks, were smashed ... In March 1979, the eighty-seven year old Sangharaja of Laos, Venerable Thammayano, fled to Thailand by floating across the Mekong on a raft of inflated ...
Modern Sangharajas
... Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara (Charoen Suvaddhano), current sangharaja of Thailand Preah Maha Ghosananda, (Maha Nikaya) the late sangharaja of Cambodia* Samdech Preah Sugandhādhipati Bour Kry, current ...