On 11 June 1963, Buddist monk Thich Quang Duc burned himself to death in protest at the persecution of Buddist monks by the South Vietnamese government. Duc's remains which included his intact heart were later re-cremated at a cemetery 16 kms south of the city. According to Wikipedia, Duc's heart remained intact and did not burn leading to the intact heart relic being regarded as a symbol of compassion.
These photos were taken in 2009 when I was visiting Hue's Thien Mu Pagoda where the car in which Thich Quang Duc travelled to his self-immolation is housed. The photo above is from the small photo shown on the rear wall below. Especially the top image when viewed through the camera was a haunting one that stayed vividly with me for days.
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