Patriarch of Vietnamese Buddhism dies, Dalai Lama sends special letter to mourners

thich tri tinhThe Patriarch of Vietnamese Buddhism, Most Venerable Thich Tri Tinh, passed away last week on the day before his 98th birthday, prompting Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, to write a special letter directly to the National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha. In the letter, reports, the Dalai Lama expressed his sorrow and sympathy, saying “the best way to pay tribute to him would be to do whatever we can to implement the Buddha’s message of inner peace, non-violence and compassion in our own lives.”

Mourning among Vietnam’s Buddhists has continued throughout the week, with memorial events attended by high government officials. The official funeral was held April 2.