TAIPEI, Taiwan — Sheng Yen, one of Taiwan’s most respected Zen Buddhist masters, died of natural causes at the National Taiwan University Hospital Tuesday at the age of 79.
“He died of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome at around 4 pm (0800 GMT),” said a spokesman of the Dharma Drum Mountain, a Zen Buddhist centre established by the eminent monk.
Rated as one of Taiwan’s 50 most influential people in 400 years, Sheng established the mountain retreat in Taipei County in 1989 to promote Zen Buddhism.
Our prayers go out to the entire Dharma Drum sangha.
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