HA NOI — Most Venerable Thich Minh Chau, Deputy Chairman of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha, passed away in HCM City on September 1 at the age of 94.
Born in 1918 in the central province of Quang Nam, Chau, whose real name is Dinh Van Nam, played a significant role in unifying Buddhist sects in the country.
Chau was elected deputy chairman and general secretary of the sangha for three consecutive terms since it was founded in 1981.
He contributed to making many of Buddha's teachings easily understood by ordinary people through translations of the sacred texts from the Pali and English languages.
Chau was consecutively elected deputy to the National Assembly for the 7th to the 10th terms.
He was presented with a number of distinctions of the Party and the State, including the Ho Chi Minh Order, Independence Order (second class) and Great National Unity Order.
Tributes to Chau are being made at the Van Hanh Monastery in Phu Nhuan district, HCM City.
He will be laid to rest in the stupa at the Van Hanh Monastery following a memorial service held on September 9. — VNS