Thích Huyền Quang

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Thích Huyền Quang
Ht huyenquang A4.jpg
Religion Thiền (Zen) Buddhism
School Lâm Tế (Linji Chan School)
Nationality Vietnamese
Born (1919-09-19)19 September 1919
Bình Định Province, Vietnam, French Indochina
Died 5 July 2008(2008-07-05) (aged 88)
Hồ Chí Minh City, Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Senior posting
Tăng Thống

Thích Huyền Quang (19 September 1919 – 5 July 2008[1]) was a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, dissident and activist. At the time, he was the Patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, a currently banned organisation in his homeland. He was notable for his activism for human and religious rights in Vietnam.

In 1977, Quang wrote a letter to then-Prime Minister Phạm Văn Đồng detailing counts of oppression by the communist regime. For this, he and five other senior monks were arrested and detained.[1] In 1982, he was arrested and put on permanent house arrest for opposition to governmental policy after publicly denouncing the establishment of the state-controlled Vietnam Buddhist Church.[2]

In 2002, he was awarded the Homo Homini Award for his human rights activism by the Czech group People in Need, which he shared with Thích Quảng Độ and Father Nguyễn Văn Lý.[3]


Quang died peacefully on Saturday, 5 July 2008, aged 88, at his monastery.[4][5][6][7] His funeral was held on Friday, 11 July 2008, without incident.[8]


External links[edit]

Buddhist titles
Preceded by
Thích Ðôn Hậu
Patriarch of the UBCV
Succeeded by
Thich Quảng Độ