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Thich Quang Duc was a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death at a busy Saigon road intersection in June of 1963.
He was protesting against the Roman Catholic persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam’s Diem Roman Catholic administration. Photos of his self-immolation were  circulated widely across the world and brought attention to the policies  of the Diem regime. After his death, his body was re-cremated, but his heart remained intact. This was interpreted as a symbol of compassion and led Buddhists to revere him as a bodhisattva (enlightened-being), heightening the impact of his death on the public psyche.

Thich Quang Duc was a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death at a busy Saigon road intersection in June of 1963.

He was protesting against the Roman Catholic persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam’s Diem Roman Catholic administration. Photos of his self-immolation were circulated widely across the world and brought attention to the policies of the Diem regime. After his death, his body was re-cremated, but his heart remained intact. This was interpreted as a symbol of compassion and led Buddhists to revere him as a bodhisattva (enlightened-being), heightening the impact of his death on the public psyche.

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