A: Born in 1927 in Chiangtu, Chiangxu Province of China, Venerable Master Hsing Yun was ordained as a novice monk in the Chi Hsia Shan monastery at the age of twelve. In 1949, when Mainland China was immersed in civil war, he left his homeland for Taiwan.
Over the past five decades, the strength of his vow to revitalize Chinese Humanistic Buddhism and create a Pure Land on earth has greatly influenced Buddhist studies and practices. Recognized for his bold and innovative methods of propagating the ancient teachings to meet contemporary needs, Master Hsing Yun founded the Fo Guang Buddhist Order and its many branches. Master Hsing Yun also founded the Buddha’s Light International Association as well as associated universities, Buddhist colleges, libraries, publishing houses, art galleries, and a free mobile health clinic.
He is a living example of the Fo Guang Shan motto: Offer others faith, offer others hope, offer others convenience.
Q : What does “Fo Guang Shan” mean?
A: Specifically, “Fo” means “Buddha”, “Guang” means “Light”, “Shan” means “Mountain.”