Abbot Prahama Pranom Thontphaiboon, 43, was described by friends at the Thai Buddharam Temple and Cultural Centre in the city as a man of few words but whose deeds spoke volumes.
The second most senior monk in Scotland behind Edinburgh-based Phra Rachabhavanavimol, the chief abbot of the capital's temple, he had been to Thailand to arrange the casting of the temple's main Buddha statue.
The accident happened on the A68, around a mile and a half south of Pathhead, at around 7.30am.
Joy Burr, vice chairman and treasurer at the Aberdeen temple, said: "He was dedicated. He was a man who hardly spoke, but he was a doer, rather than a speaker.
"He was a man of very few words but he was a very strict and dedicated Buddhist monk.
"He was very well respected by the community."