Master Hsing Yun Dies at 97 星雲法師圓寂享耆壽97歲 各界不捨哀悼

Fo Guang Shan founder Master Hsing Yun died at 5 p.m. on Feb. 5 at Fo Guang Shan. He was 97. Hsing Yun had been in the ICU in recent days and took a turn for the worse on Feb. 5. It was his dying wish to breathe his last breath at Fo Guang Shan. Condolences are pouring in from around Taiwan.

Devotees wait in line to pay their respects. Fo Guang Shan founder Hsing Yun died at the age of 97 on the 5th. Condolences immediately poured in from all over Taiwan, including the Presidential Office. 

Chen Chien-jen, ROC Premier: “I have so much respect for Master Hsing Yun. He was one of our Buddhist leaders. Also, Fo Guang Shan does a lot of humanitarian work around the world.”

Citizen: “He contributed a lot to religious circles.”

As one of Taiwan's religious leaders, many were greatly saddened to hear of Hsing Yun's death. One student that was able to come to Taiwan to study because of Fo Guang Shan's help expressed her gratitude. They gave us many opportunities by allowing us to come here.

Hsing Yun had been in poor health in recent years, suffering multiple strokes. Prior to his death, he spent time in the ICU due to extremely low blood pressure and at one time had such a hard time breathing he couldn't swallow food. On the 5th, Hsing Yun took a turn for the worse. Per his wishes, his disciples arranged for him to be discharged so he could pass away at Fo Guang Shan.

Master Hui Chuan, Executive Deputy Abbot, Fo Guang Shan: “Master Hsing Yun died peacefully surrounded by his disciples as we chanted sutras. We are so grateful to our master for loving us and everyone so much.”

Fo Guang Shan has canceled all scheduled events although members of the public can offer their condolences between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The organization has said Hsing Yun will be laid to rest in a very simple ceremony per customs. A praise ceremony will be held for Hsing Yun on the 13th at 9 a.m.












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