Master Sheng-yen, the head of Dharma Drum Mountain (法鼓山), passed away today.
I don’t know much details. At the time the death was announced I was in seclusion concentrating on my research so I only learned about it on my way to the dinning hall. I saw a row of people lining up the path to Master Sheng-yen’s residence, hands folded and looking darn serious. I thought “uh oh, Master Sheng-yen has passed away.” That was confirmed as soon as I was able to talk to someone.