Additional Notes Found from Late Ven. Jaseung’s Will

SEOUL - The Jogye Order, South Korea's largest Buddhist sect, revealed on Friday the discovery of additional notes related to the will of the late Ven. Jaseung at his residence. Ven. Jaseung, a former president of the Jogye Order and a prominent figure in various religious groups, was found deceased in a burnt dormitory at Chiljang Temple in Anseong, Gyeonggi Province, earlier this week.

According to Yonhap News Agency, Ven. Jaseung's death was officially confirmed as self-immolation, a practice in Buddhism where one burns oneself alive as an offering to Buddha. The police had previously found notes in the monk's car suggesting his intention to end his life.

The newly found notes include Ven. Jaseung's request for the current head of the Jogye Order to continue efforts for the future of the order and express his regret for not being able to accompany him till the end. He also expressed gratitude and respect to all members of the Buddhist community. Ven. Jaseung specifically requested his four disciples to arrange for the restoration of the burnt building by 2025.

Ven. Jinwoo, the current leader of the Jogye Order, disclosed the existence of these additional notes while speaking to visitors at the memorial altar for Ven. Jaseung at Jogye Temple in Seoul. He shared that Ven. Jaseung had always sought nirvana, the state of enlightenment, and believed he had chosen the moment for his departure. Ven. Jinwoo suggested that the decision was made after long contemplation and deemed it the right time to act on it.

He also emphasized that Ven. Jaseung seemed to have reached a state of ultimate enlightenment through his decision, addressing the speculation surrounding the monk's sudden demise.

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