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Vietnam laments death of Buddhist patriarch

By Giang Huy   October 22, 2021 | 02:16 am PT
Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue, who passed away Thursday, to pay their respects.
Vietnam laments death of Buddhist patriarch

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Friday morning pays tribute to Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue, Supreme Patriarch of the Patronage Council of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS), who died Thursday.

Vietnam laments death of Buddhist patriarch

Thich Pho Tue let out his last breath at 3:22 a.m. at Vien Minh Pagoda in Hanoi's Phu Xuyen District. He was 105.

Thich Pho Tue was known for leading a humble life with his disciples at the pagoda, often planting rice, gardening and cleaning the pagoda himself. He's also the author of several written works, including chants, translations and dictionaries regarding Buddhism.

"Monks are the models for humanity, or at least for a community of humans. Without virtue and wisdom, how would we teach humans? How would we have an example for the people to follow," he once said.

Vietnam laments death of Buddhist patriarch

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh pays tribute to the religious figure.

Vietnam laments death of Buddhist patriarch

The coffin ceremony begins at 1 p.m. Thursday at Vien Minh Pagoda.

Vietnam laments death of Buddhist patriarch

Monks chant prayers for the late Supreme Patriarch.

Vietnam laments death of Buddhist patriarch

Followers shed tears during the ceremony.

Vietnam laments death of Buddhist patriarch

Hundreds of people stand in the pagoda yard to pay their respects.

Vietnam laments death of Buddhist patriarch

"I've spent decades going to the pagoda and saw how Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue lived a humble life close to the people," said 98-year-old Vuong Thi Toa.

Vietnam laments death of Buddhist patriarch

For coronavirus prevention, funeral organizers set up an altar outside for people to pay their tributes.

Vietnam laments death of Buddhist patriarch

Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue's coffin would be placed within the grounds of Vien Minh Pagoda.

Born Bui Van Quy in 1917 in Ninh Binh's Yen Khanh District, Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue served several important roles within the VBS since 1987. He became the Supreme Patriarch of the Patronage Council of the VBS in November 2007.

Vietnam has 11 million Buddhism followers.

 
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