Buddhist scholar Ananda Guruge dies at 85

Ananda Wahihana Palliya Guruge, a Sri Lankan diplomat and Buddhist scholar, passed away yesterday at age 85. The author of 53 books in English and Sinhala, Guruge served as vice president of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, patron of the European Buddhist Union, and dean of academic affairs and director of the International Academy of Buddhism at University of the West in Rosemead, California; he also taught as an adjunct professor of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Peace Studies at California State University in Fullerton.

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