Venerable Master Hsing Yun
Founder of Fo Guang Shan Foundation for Buddhist Culture & Education
Born in Jiangdu, Jiangsu Province in 1927, Venerable Master Hsing Yun is the 48th patriarch of the Linji School. He came to Taiwan in 1949, and established Fo Guang Shan in 1967. He established Fo Guang Shan Foundation for Buddhist Culture & Education in 1988 and is now the president. Throughout his life, he has been promoting Humanistic Buddhism in the aspects of education, culture, charity, and Dharma propagation. He was editor-in-chief of the Life magazine, Awakening the World, and other Buddhist journals. Incorporating the ancient and modern concepts, he mapped out the temple constitution and system and brought Buddhism to the landmark of modernization. The Venerable Master founded over 200 branches, such as Hsi Lai Temple, Nan Tien Temple, Nan Hua Temple that are the biggest temples in North America, Australia, and South Africa respectively. He also established 23 art galleries, 26 libraries, several publishing companies, 12 bookstores, over 50 Chinese schools, 16 Buddhist colleges, Chih-Guang Vocational High School, Pu-men High School, Jiunn-tou and Jiunn-yi Elementary and Junior High Schools, the University of the West in the United States, Fo Guang University and Nanhua University in Taiwan, and Nantien University in Australia. He also built the Buddha Memorial Center incoporating the ancient and modern concepts, Chinese and Western architectural features to offer cultural and educational programs for understanding and cultivation.