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

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Hsing Yun, a Buddhist abbot who established a thriving spiritual neighborhood in southern Taiwan and constructed universities abroad, has died. He was 95.

He established Fo Guang Shan monastery in 1967, aiming to propagate Buddhist humanitarian values. It could go on to function a whole lot of temples and seminaries all over the world, together with universities within the Taiwan, Australia, the U.S. and Philippines.

Hsing Yun died peacefully Sunday, Fo Guang Shan stated. He had largely withdrawn from public life years in the past following declining well being and a collection of strokes.

Born Lee Kuo-shen in mainland China’s Jiangsu province in 1927, Hsing Yun first developed an curiosity in Buddhism at age 12 whereas visiting a well-known temple within the provincial capital Nanjing.

Hsing Yun moved to Taiwan because the formally atheist Communist Occasion swept to energy on the mainland in 1949. He turned a significant donor to Buddhist establishments on the mainland and advocated exchanges between China and Taiwan.

That, and his personal public feedback, led some to label him an advocate of unification between Taiwan and China, though he maintained sturdy relations with politicians throughout the spectrum.

Following his passing, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and Premier Chen Chien-jen, whose Democratic Progressive Occasion favors Taiwan’s independence, expressed their condolences and praised his lifetime of humanitarian work.

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