Venerable Master Hsing Yun was born in Jiangdu, Jiangsu province, China, in 1927. Tonsured under Venerable Master Zhikai at age twelve, he became a novice monk at Qixia Vinaya School and Jiaoshan Buddhist College. He was fully ordained in 1941, and is the 48th Patriarch of the Linji (Rinzai) Chan School.
He went to Taiwan in 1949 where he undertook to revitalize Chinese Mahayana Buddhism on the island with a range of activities novel for its time. In 1967, he founded the Fo Guang Shan (Buddha’s Light Mountain) Buddhist Order, and had since established more than a hundred temples in Taiwan and on every continent worldwide.
At present, there are nearly two thousand monks and nuns in the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order. The organization also oversees sixteen Buddhist colleges, publishing houses, universities, secondary school, a satellite television station, orphanage, and nursing home for the elderly.
A prolific writer and an inspiring speaker, Venerable Master Hsing Yun has written many books on Buddhist sutras and a wide spectrum of topics over the past five decades. Most of his speeches and lectures are translated into different languages, such as English, Spanish, German, Russian, Japanese, Korean, etc.
Venerable Master is also the founder of Buddha’s Light International Association, a worldwide organization of lay Buddhists dedicated to the propagation of Buddhism, with over 130 chapters and more than a million in membership.