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Sat, 27 July

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Tathagatha Hall

The Life Portrait of Venerable Master Hsing Yun

Ven. Dr Yung Dong has served as the director in Buddhist temples throughout Australia, Thailand, and the United States, and has lectured in Auckland University, Melbourne University, and MIT.

The Life Portrait of Venerable Master Hsing Yun
The Life Portrait of Venerable Master Hsing Yun

Time & Location

27 July 2024, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Tathagatha Hall, 1034 Underwood Rd, Priestdale QLD 4127, Australia

About the event

Ven. Dr Yung Dong has served as the director in Buddhist temples throughout Australia, Thailand, and the United States, and has lectured in Auckland University, Melbourne University, and MIT. 

Who is Venerable Master Hsing Yun ?

Venerable Master Hsing Yun was born in Jiangsu, China in 1927 and entered a monastery near Nanjing at age twelve. He was fully ordained in 1941, and is the 48th patriarch of the Linji school of Chan Buddhism.

He was a Chinese Buddhist monk, author, philanthropist, and the founder of the Fo Guang Shan International Buddhist Order, which is headquartered in Taiwan and has branches throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Americas. Ordained at the age of twelve in Jiangsu Province, China, Hsing Yun has spent over eighty years as a Buddhist monk promoting what he calls “Humanistic Buddhism”—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 on in his monastic career, he was involved in promoting Buddhism through the written word. He has served as an 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 started his own Buddhist magazine, Awakening the World, and in 2000, the first daily Buddhist newspaper, The Merit Times.

Master Hsing Yun is a prolific writer and has authored over 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 writings have been translated into English and many other languages. His works of the Life of Sakyamuni Buddha and the sixteen-volume Fo Guang Buddhist Dictionary have both won Taiwan's highest humanitarian awards. His contributions have reached as far as sponsoring Buddhist music and art to creating Buddhist programming for television, radio, and the stage.

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