Sik Kok Kwong, head of the Buddhist Association of Hong Kong, died on Monday at the age of 95.
As the South China Morning Post writes, Sik Kok Kwong “was lauded for promoting his religion and organising charitable services, but also faced criticism over controversial comments,” noting that “while president of the city’s leading Buddhist group, a position he held until his death, the association built hospitals, schools and provided various social services to the community. […] But some felt Kok Kwong had become too close to those in power. He was caught up in a controversy last year amid accusations that Tsz Shan Monastery, of which Kok Kwong was chairman of the board of directors, was built to be the final resting place of Li Ka-shing, Asia’s richest man.” Read the full SCMP announcement of Sik Kok Kwong’s death here.
Thrangu Monastery Canada noted Kol Kwong’s passing on social media today “with regret […] Through his passing [we] are reminded that everything in samsara is impermanent. May he swiftly be reborn and continue his compassionate activity.”