Thích Huyền Quang

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Thích Huyền Quang
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(1919-09-19)19 September 1919
Bình Định Province, Vietnam, French Indochina
Died5 July 2008(2008-07-05) (aged 88)
Hồ Chí Minh City, Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Religion Buddhism
Denomination Thiền
School Lâm Tế (Linji Chan School)

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 Sangha. [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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  1. 1 2 Vietnamese Federation For Fatherland's Integrity Archived 2008-08-07 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "Dissident patriarch of Vietnam Buddhist group dies". Reuters. 6 July 2008. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  3. "Previous Recipients of the Homo Homini Award". People in Need. Archived from the original on 1 May 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
  4. Google News via AFP
  5. Dissident Vietnamese monk dies in Vietnam [ dead link ]
  6. Star Tribune article: "Patriarch of banned Vietnamese Buddhist church dies after years under house arrest"
  7. BBC News (11 July 2008). "Vietnamese dissident laid to rest" . Retrieved 20 July 2008.
  8. Sahil Nagpal (11 July 2008). "Banned Vietnamese monk's funeral held without incident" . Retrieved 12 July 2008.
Buddhist titles
Preceded by Patriarch of the UBCV
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