Thích Huyền Quang

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Thích Huyền Quang
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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
In this Vietnamese name, the family name is Thich. According to Vietnamese custom, this person should properly be referred to by the given name Quang.

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]


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