Millionaire to Monk
Lankanews, September 9, 2001
Sydney -- Why a croquet - loving playboy gave it all
up to seek enlightenment. A month ago, Jose Sanz owned a million dollar mansion and three
other exclusive properties, wined and dined Sydney's social elite and was the heir to a
multi-million-dollar tobacco dynasty.
the former Sydney obstetrician and university lecturer will get out of bed at 5.30 am and
dress in literally the only clothes he has left on his back - a four piece brown and
orange robe set, his last remaining asset.
Sanz - now known as the Venarable Yanatharo - has given away his personal fortune of more
than 5 million in a bid to find spiritual harmony as a buddhist monk in a temple in
respected doctor, croquet champion and founder of the Double Bay Bridge Club now spend 12
hours a day.
and praying at the Watt Phrayorthker Laotian temple at Edensor Park, (NSW 2176). His new
life also sees him working with underprivileged youth in Cabaramatta and day release
monk's personal wealth -more than $5 million in houses, cars and cash-went to his
children, who he claims are angry at his decision. Dr Sans, 55, ha also passed to his
sister, his multi million dollar inheritance---a 3000 ah tobacco plantation in Argentina
which has been his family since 1580.
don't have any idea (exactly how much it is worth) and I don't care." He said.
struggle for our house, our cars, our money, I want away with it all. I walked out of the
house and gave my children the key. They're staunch Roman Catholics and they thought I had
been taken by a cult." The devout Buddhism of 15 years was allowed to become a Latin
monk after proving he had no debts and responsibilities to other people after the death of
his wife 18 months ago.
miss my beer with the guys after a game" he said.
miss going to the pub and meeting girls. I gave up four bulldogs- the loves of my
life-because I was not allowed to keep them. We must have complete detachment, but I still
miss my dogs, my car-but not my family."
Croquet Club Secretary Mila Kotala said Dr Sanz left behind a budding career in sports.
"He was very much admired for his croquet in N.S.W." she said. "He was a
very outgoing, very happy bachelor."
Sanz's life involves the daily studies of Buddhist parables and hours of meditation.
Buddhist philosophy has allowed some room for new technology. Dr Sanz can't watch TV but
he can study over the internet with spiritual leaders in Laos.
try to concentrate but my mind goes everywhere.
We can't change the past the future is
uncertain so we live in the present, We try to do our best, we try to build good