Former chief of Jogye Order, Ven. Jigwan, dies at 80

Ven. Jigwan, the former chief executive of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, died Monday at Gyeongguksa in Seoul, South Korea, due to asthma complications. He was 80 years old.

Ven. Jigwan began his studies of Buddhism in 1947 before ordaining as a monk at Tongdosa in 1953. He received his PhD in philosophy from Dongguk University in 1976 and later established the Gasan Buddhist Culture Center in 1991. He served as president of Dongguk University from 1986 to 1990 and as chief executive of the Jogye Order from 2005 to 2009. His funeral and cremation ceremony will be held at Haeinsa this Friday.

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