Liangqing (monk)

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Liangqing (良卿法师)
Religion Buddhism
Nationality Chinese
Born 1896
Yanshi County, China
Died (1966-07-12)July 12, 1966
Famen Temple, Famen town, Fufeng County, Shaanxi province.
Senior posting
Title Abbot

Liangqing (良卿法师) was a Chinese Buddhist Monk and Abbot of Famen Temple (Chinese: 法门寺; pinyin: Fǎmén Sì).

At the beginning the Chinese Cultural Revolution in 1966, a campaign was introduced to destroy the Four Olds. As Buddhist sites and temples were widely targeted during this campaign, Liangqing's Famen Temple was a major target for destruction. Hundreds of Red Guards were sent to destroy the Famen Temple.[1] Due to this imposing threat Liangqing, the temple's Abbot, chose an act of self-immolation to protect the temple and contents from destruction.[2][3] Although the contents of the temple were all smashed by the Red Guard, Liangqing's self-sacrifice was successful as the temple's True Relic Pagoda with its relic of the Buddha were both saved from destruction.