Founder Venerable Master Hsing Yun
Promoting Humanistic Buddhism to nurture the humanistic spirit through life education
Venerable Master Hsing Yun was born in Chiangsu Province, 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 Linchi (Rinzai) Ch'an school. In 1949, amid the turbulence of civil war, he went to Taiwan.
In Taiwan, he began fulfilling his long-held vow of promoting Humanistic Buddhism, which takes to heart spiritual practice in daily life. With an emphasis on not needing to "go some place else" to find enlightenment, we can realize our true nature in the here and now, within this precious human birth and this world. When we actualize altruism, joyfulness, and universality, we are practicing the fundamental concepts of Humanistic Buddhism. When we give faith, hope, joy, and service, we are helping all beings, as well as ourselves. For nearly a half century, Venerable Master Hsing Yun has devoted his efforts to transforming this world through the practice of Humanistic Buddhism.
He is the founder of the Fo Guang Shan International Buddhist Order, which is headquartered in Taiwan and supports temples worldwide. The Order emphasizes education and service and maintains public universities, Buddhist colleges, libraries, publishing houses, Buddhist art galleries and tearooms, free mobile medical clinics, children's homes, retirement homes, schools, and a television station. The Order's lay service organization, Buddha's Light International Association, also has active chapters worldwide.
Venerable Master Hsing Yun is an outspoken proponent of equality among all people and religious traditions. The Order has the largest number of female monastics of any Buddhist order today. By providing and supporting educational and leadership opportunities, he has worked to improve the status of women in Taiwan. He has held full ordination ceremonies for women of the Mahayana, Theravada, and Vajrayana traditions. In addition, Master Hsing Yun annually organizes conferences to bring together the various Buddhist schools and to promote dialogue between Buddhists and other major religious groups.
Master Hsing Yun is a prolific writer and has authored over one hundred books in Chinese. 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 biography Handing Down the Light, Hsing Yun's Ch'an Talks, The Lion's Roar, The Hundred Sayings Series, and The Humanistic Buddhism Series are published in Taiwan and are available in English. Being Good: A Guide to Buddhist Ethics, Only a Great Rain, Lotus in a Stream, and Where is Your Buddha Nature: Stories to Instruct and Inspire are published by American publishers and are in English. His numerous lectures also continue to be translated into English.
Based in Taiwan, Venerable Master Hsing Yun travels extensively. His insightful, engaging, and witty lectures unfailingly endear him to audiences. He reminds us that to transform our world, we must be actively engaged in it. "Community transcends the individual," he says, "and in doing so, fulfills the individual in the most complete way possible." Wherever he goes, he encourages people to unite both the local and global community into a world of complete equality, joyfulness, and perfect peace.
星雲大師法語 – 人生卜事
Dharma words from Venerable Master Hsing Yun – Positive Forecasts for Life
Opportunity seldom knocks twice; seize the moment.
Monetary wealth is never truly yours. At the end of the day, it is your health and blessings that are truly yours.
Be perfectly willing in all your endeavors; never forget your initial resolve; take responsibility for your actions.
Regard a busy life as a nutritious one. Keep busy with joy, and with purpose.
Never compare, never fuss, never fear adversity, and never fear suffering.
Appreciation of what we have instead of mere possession of what we have makes us wealthier.
Even sages are criticized, it is more important that you are willing to admit fault and correct your mistakes.
All things are created by causes and conditions; make it a point to give others causes and conditions.
All the joys and sufferings of this world occur as a matter of course; the key is to be able to looks beyond and let go.
Constantly re-evaluate your values; there is no need to be attached to anything.
You are important and he is important; I am not important, because it is a blessing to be at a disadvantage.
Small things should not be overlooked; even the smallest stream may one day turn into a grand ocean.
Sometimes there is joy in not knowing.
It is important to volunteer, because anyone who relieves the suffering and hardship of others is a bodhisattva.
You are important and I am not;
You are right, and I am wrong;
You enjoy happiness, while I take on suffering;
You can have, while I keep nothing.
It is important to feel shame and grief, for these make us better people.
Forget ahead in doing what is right; it should be our goal to accomplish the truthful, virtuous and beautiful.
Do not get wrapped up in personal favors, for human emotions are impermanent and may change any time.
Make every second count, for time is our wealth and life.
A happy outcome for all is best. Do not humiliate others; give them our blessings.
Dharma always offers a way; patience and compassion are forms of Dharma.
Anger does not solve problems; working hard to resolve a situation does.
Have confidence in yourself, for even scrap metal can be turned into steel.
Play your role well, nothing is more important than living your life well.
Good causes and conditions are hard to come by, do not let a good opportunity pass you by.
I am a Buddha. As a Buddha how can I possibly have hatred, jealousy, arrogance, or foul language?
Begin used by others gives us value. Those who are at a disadvantage and willingly help others are the real winners.
Be a good person, do no evil, and do good deeds.
In this world, everything is mine, yet nothing is mine.
Do not be greedy, angry, or ignorant; being ignorant is the same as being unreasonable.
Refusal requires the presentation of an alternative; this is how competent people solve problems.
A relationship between two people is like dancing Tango : sometimes you lead and sometimes you follow.
It is better to develop affinities than making enemies. Practice the Three Acts of Goodness, Four Givings, and Five Harmonies.
We must discipline ourselves to remain righteous, virtuous, and pure in thought.
Heaven and hell are all creations of the mind; one would rather go up than go down.
All than exists in this universe is built upon emptiness. Only with emptiness is there existence.
Never go back on your word, keep your promises.
The future will definitely be better than the present, so work extra hard.
Before anything is realize, you must first aspire for something. Your aspirations can only be accomplished with resolve.
Gain only comes after giving. You must sow before you reap.
Good health, safety, affinities and joy are more important than money.
We are all creating history, therefore we must establish ourselves in merit, in virtue, and in speech.
Life is infinite, for a spirited life neither ages nor dies.
Don’t run away for your problems, when your mind is filled with goodness, a bright future lies ahead.
You must believe in cause and effect, for the rule of cause, condition, and effect id the Truth of the universe.
Opportunities arise in rare moments in time; seize the moment.
To love means to cherish, to be compassionate, to be of service, to be tolerant, and to be wise.
Resolve is strengthened with the assistance of listening to, contemplation of, and practice of the Dharma.
Sentiment and righteousness are the cornerstones of life.
Reconciliation is not a trivial matter; it has the potential to give rise to merit.
Start with examining your mind, for you must know whether it is good or evil.
Patience is power, patience is wisdom, and patience is magnanimity.
Start with today, and start with yourself. Do not procrastinate and do not rely on others.
A tree full of plum blossoms all trance back to the same root, the relationship between causes, conditions, and effects is endless.
Spread happiness around the world, and live in happiness.
Be brave enough to face your challenges. Nothing is difficult in dace of determination.
Challenge yourself by overthrowing your selfishness and bad habits, and a bright future lies ahead.
Be your own mentor. Only when you are strong will problems be solved.
Happiness is in here and now. Experience your happiness, and think well of it.
Be the one to start doing good deeds, be the one to start speaking food words, and be the one to start thinking good thoughts.
To be successful in life, one must cultivate moral character.
We must have faith, for a life with faith is a healthy one.
Consider past causes and future effects for all matters you encounter; uphold right mindfulness; do not be overly sentimental.
Be a person of moral integrity; do not fuss over disputes of right of and wrong.
Speak not words of fame or gain. Take not actions that are superficial. – Master Xuanzang
Do not be moved by money, do not be moved by emotions, and do not be moved by circumstances.
Picking up and letting go; one must learn to do both with ease.
To gain acceptance by others, manners, diligence, responsibility, and service should not be amiss.
Follow conditions follow your role, follow your heart, and follow your community. Are you able to follow your community. Are you able to follow and oblige all sentient beings?
As a member of the community, I must be able to accept the pressure that it gives.
Laugh when it is time to laugh, speak when it is time to speak, and act when it is time to act.
Help others succeed through your service and dedication. Realize the self through diligence and hard word.
Humble acceptance of criticism leads to improvement.
Live within hope; believe that there will be a better tomorrow.
Attainment is not difficult; the only obstacle that exists is being picky; do not over-think matters.
Do not be too stingy. The willingness to develop affinities will broaden your connections.
No wrong can come from begin kind to others. It is most important to think good thoughts.
Stand firm and be a good person; storms and harsh weather will not be sufficient to arouse fear.
There is merit in diligence and no benefit in play. Improve unwholesome habits.
Giving is not always done with money. A smile or words of compliment are also forms of giving.
Tasks should not be left undone, but certain words should be left unspoken, for disaster follows careless speech.
The accomplishment of good things requires persistence and willpower.
If you hold back on doing good deeds or speaking good words, you will regret it in the future.
Only by relinquishing your previous step, can you make the next one forward.
Success comes from allowing others to take advantage of your abilities.
Do not take the stresses generated by gossip to heart, for it will taint your nature.
You can be short anything, as long as it is not loving-kindness, compassion, joy or equanimity.
Do not treat others with cold indifference. Treat others with tolerance, but treat yourself with strict discipline.
Instead of being sad and depressed, face reality with courage.
Any animosity that exists in this world can be resolve with and smiles.
Rise above the occasion, do not let the feelings of injustice or bring wronged bother you; these are opportunities to improve.
Discover joy and happiness in your work and life.
Take control of your time, make good use of your space, and harmonize the human world.
A spiritual practitioner is one who can shoulder the world’s sadness, sorrow, suffering, and troubles.
The bigger your heart, the greater your achievements.
Do not reproach others; tolerance and magnanimity is the best.
One who respects others will be respected. Dharma is sought within respect.
Don’t be nervous. Relax. There is not no problem that cannot be resolved.
Practice the act of giving praise and complements, for its benefits are inexhaustible.
The Three Great Virtues consists of wisdom, benevolence, and courage. Wisdom is prajna, benevolence is loving-kindness and compassion, and courage is bodhi.
A joyful mind throws all troubles and worries into the ocean.
When there is love, there are no oppositions; when there are oppositions, there are disputes.
When one takes refuge in the Buddha, the Buddha and democracy exist; when one observes the five precepts, and does not trespass against others, them one is free.
Do not cover up your shortcomings or downgrade others to praise yourself, it only makes matters worse.
Do not take your anger out on others. A gentleman is one who never repeats the same mistakes.
Do not abide in form, sound, smell, taste, touch, or dharma. Abide in gentleness, stability, and happiness.
Within a relationship, heated battles are not good and cold wars are also inappropriate.
Do not hold grudges against your friends. Friends are direct, friends forgive, and friends listen.
In order to succeed, the path must be clear, matter must be clear, reason must be clear, and communication between people must be clear.