Ven. Jigwan, former chief of the nation’s largest Buddhist sect, died of asthma complications on Monday at Gyeongguk Temple in Seoul. He was 80.
The Buddhist monk of the Jogye Order had been receiving medical treatment at Samsung Medical Center in Seoul for his chronic illness since last September.
Considered one of the most respected, learned monks in the country, Jigwan served as the first Buddhist monk president of Dongguk University from 1986 to 1990, and executive chief of the Jogye Order between 2005 and 2009.
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