March 12, 2010 09:08
The famous Buddhist monk Pup Jeong died at the Gilsang Temple in Seoul on Thursday afternoon. He was 78. In a will, he said, "I shall repent of the mistakes I made in this life in the next world. Please use whatever belonged to me to help make a cleaner society. It's time for me to abandon time and space."
Born in Haenam, South Jeolla Province in 1932, he became a monk at Songgwang Temple in 1954. He participated in a project to translate Buddhist scriptures in the 1960s. In the 1970s, he influenced many people by propagating Buddhist values through books including "Non-possession."
In 1996, he was given a famous high-class Korean-style restaurant in Seoul by a follower and remodeled it as the Gilsang Temple, using it as the headquarters of a civic movement.
Having suffered from a respiratory ailment since his youth, he was treated for lung cancer in 2007. The cancer went into remission but came back last year.
Altars were set up at Gilsang Temple and at Bulilam Hermitage of Songgwang Temple. The cremation rites will be held at Songgwang Temple in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
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