Former Jogye Order Leader Ven. Jaseung Passes Away in Temple Fire

SEOUL - Ven. Jaseung, a former leader of the Jogye Order, South Korea's largest Buddhist sect, tragically died in a temple fire, the Jogye Order announced on Thursday.

According to Yonhap News Agency, Ven. Jaseung was visiting Chiljang Temple in Anseong, located 64 kilometers south of Seoul, when the fire started around 6:50 p.m. on Wednesday. Firefighters found his body after extinguishing the blaze, which took approximately three hours. He was 69 years old at the time of his passing.

The police are currently investigating to determine the exact cause of the fire and Ven. Jaseung's death.

Ven. Jaseung, born in 1954, became a Buddhist monk at the age of 19. He served as the president of the Jogye Order from 2009 to 2017. Additionally, he held significant roles in various religious councils, including the chairmanship of the Korean Council of Religious Leaders from 2011 to 2017 and the co-chairmanship of the Korean Conference of Religion and Peace from 2014 to 2017.

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