Venerable Master Hsing Yun was born in 1927 in Jiangdu, Jiangsu Province, Mainland China. At the age of twelve, he was tonsured by Master Zhi Kai in Nanjing. He was a student at JIngshan, Jiaoshan, Qixia, Tianlin, and Baohua monasteries. He is the 48th patriarch of the Linchi (Rinzai) Ch’an school.
The Venerable Master founded Fo Guang Shan Monastery in Taiwan in 1967 with the mission of promoting Humanistic Buddhism through education, culture, charitable programs, and Buddhist practice. Over three hundred branch temples has since been established in major cities around the world. At the same time, a number of art galleries, libraries, publishing houses, bookstores, Cloud and Water Mobile Clinics, Buddhist colleges and universities have also been established.
He is also a prolific writer who has written more than a hundred books and an artist who practices the rare one stroke calligraphy, a method where the brush does not leave the canvass until the piece is finished and adapted by the Venerable Master because of his old age, extremely poor eyesight and unstable hands.
Venerable Master Hsing Yun has dedicated his life to the promotion of Humanistic Buddhism and has advocated the idea of being a global citizen. Joy and harmony, oneness and coexistence, respect and tolerance, peace and equality are the concepts that he has been promoting actively.