Fo Guang Shan’s founder stable after sclerotic stroke


KAOHSIUNG–Master Hsing Yun, founder of Buddhist organization Fo Guang Shan, is in stable condition after suffering a stroke, the Kaohsiung branch of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital said yesterday.

The master was rushed to the hospital by his followers Monday night after he felt numbness in his left side, hand and foot.

The hospital immediately formed a team to treat Master Hsing Yun and confirmed that he was suffering from blood-vessel sclerosis in his brain and an ischemic stroke.

The hospital said Master Hsin Yun, 84, has a history of high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high blood lipids and heart disease.

He checked into the hospital for a stroke in October and has since recovered well, but he has been fatigued in recent days from activities related to the opening of a Buddha Memorial Center in Kaohsiung, the Fo Guang Shan monastery said.

The hospital said that although he is in stable condition, he will remain in the hospital for observation for the time being before being discharged.

President Ma Ying-jeou sent Master Hsing Yun a message yesterday morning to express his concern and best wishes and did not rule out paying the Buddhist master a visit once his condition had stabilized, the president’s aides said.