gate gate paragate parasamgate, bodhi svaha!
Thich Huyen Quang has passed away. Venerable Huyen Quang spent almost his entire life campaigning against one form of governmental nastiness or another, from French colonial rule to the American puppet government of the 60s, to the Vietnamese communist government that took over in 1975.
He spent most of his life since 1975 under one form of detention or another.
From the IHT:
The patriarch of a Vietnamese Buddhist group that has peacefully campaigned against successive governments and Communist Party controls on religion, died in his monastery at the age of 87 on Saturday, the organisation said.
Thich Huyen Quang, Supreme Patriarch of the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV), died at the Nguyen Thieu monastery in the south-central province of Binh Dinh, where he has spent years living under restrictions.
Since late May, Quang had been in intensive care for heart, lung and kidney problems in a hospital, and returned to the monastery on Saturday, the Paris-based advocacy group, International Buddhist Information Bureau, said in a statement. [more]