Thousands Come to Pay Last Respects to Benhuan During His Memorial Service
Two thousand people came to the memorial service at Hongfa Temple to pay their last respects to Buddhist master Benhuan. 20,000 more came from the mainland, Hong Kong Taiwan and Macau gathered at the Fairy Lake Botanical Garden front gate to pay their respects to Benhuan.
Around 200 guests ranging from government officials, monks from around the world and religious representatives came to attend his cremation ceremony that was held after the service. Several of China’s top political advisers also sent in their letter of condolences. China’s top political adviser Jia Qinglin said in his letter that Benhuan was an outstanding figure in Chinese Buddhism and had great contributions to a harmonious society.
Many of his followers shed tears, with some considering him as their spiritual model for so many years and influenced their way of living in so many ways that to see him off was so hard for his followers. Temple abbot Yinshun had to fight back tears as he gave a speech during the service, he said right before Benhuan died, he removed all the medical equipment that was attached to his body saying that he wanted to die peacefully, even in death he left them a lesson in rebuilding their faith in life and Buddhism.
Benhuan was cremated behind the temple where his meditates and a tower will be built on the spot where he was cremated.