Hsing Yun, Buddhist abbot who built universities, dies at 95


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Hsing Yun, a Buddhist monk who founded a thriving religious community in southern Taiwan and built universities abroad, has passed away. He was 95 years old.

He founded Fo Guang Shan Monastery in 1967, with the aim of spreading the humanitarian values ​​of Buddhism. It will continue to operate hundreds of temples and seminaries around the world, along with universities in Taiwan, Australia, the US and the Philippines.

Hsing Yun passed away peacefully on Sunday, Fo Guang Shan said. He had largely retired from public life years ago after declining health and a series of strokes.

Born at Lee Kuo-shen in mainland China’s Jiangsu province in 1927, Hsing Yun first became interested in Buddhism at the age of 12 while visiting a famous temple in the Chinese capital Nanjing. conscious.

Hsing Yun moved to Taiwan when the atheist Communist Party officially came to power on the mainland in 1949. He became the main sponsor of Buddhist organizations on the mainland and supported exchanges between China and Taiwan. Loan.

That, and his own public comments, have led some to label him a supporter of Taiwan-China reunification, though he maintains strong ties to political parties. different families.

After his death, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and Premier Chen Chien-jen, who belong to the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party of Taiwan, expressed condolences and praised humanity’s work. his whole life.


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