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Venerable Master Hsing Yun is a Chinese Buddhist monk, author, philanthropist, and founder of the Fo Guang Shan monastic order, which has branches throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Americas. Ordained at the age of twelve in Jiangsu Province, China, Hsing Yun has promoted what he calls “Humanistic Buddhism” for over seventy years — Buddhism that meets the needs of people and is integrated into all aspects of daily life.

In 1949, Hsing Yun went to Taiwan and began to nurture the burgeoning Buddhist culture on the island. Early in his monastic career; he promoted Buddhism through the written words.
He has served as editor and contributor for many Buddhist magazines and periodicals, authoring the daily columns “Between Ignorance and Enlightenment,” “Dharma Words,” and “Hsing Yun’s Chan Talk.”In 1957, he founded his own Buddhist magazine, Awakening the World, and in 2000, the first daily Buddhist newspaper, the Merit Times.

Hsing Yun has authored more than one hundred books on how to bring happiness, peace, compassion and wisdom into daily life. These works include For All Living Beings, Humanistic Buddhism: A Blueprint for Life, and Chan Heart, Chan Art. He also edited and published the Fo Guang Encyclopedia, the most authoritative Buddhist reference work in the Chinese language. His books have been translated into English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Japanese, and more than 20 other languages. His contributions have ranged from sponsoring Buddhist music and art to creating Buddhist programming for radio, stage and television.

Since the founding of Fo Guang Shan, Venerable Master Hsing Yun has made it his purpose in life to make the profound and impenetrable Dharma understandable to people. In his lectures, writings, or even the various construction projects he worked on as the Buddha Memorial Center, Venerable Master Hsing Yun wants to make the Dharma something that everyone can understand.

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