ABOUT MASTER CHIN KUNG
Hsu Yae-hong, better known by his Buddhist name
Shr Chin Kung, was born in Luchiang County, Anhui Province of China,
on February 15, 1927. He grew up in Cheino, Fukien and studied at
The National Third Kuichou High School during World War II, and
then at Nanking First Municipal High School after the War ended.
In 1949, he came to Taiwan and served in the Shihchien Institution.
For thirteen years thereafter, Master Chin Kung spent his leisure
hours studying Buddhism and Philosophy under the guidance of Professor
Tung-mei Fang, Master Chang Jia, and Teacher Ping-nan Lee. Here
he established a strong foundation for his future career.
In 1959, Master Chin Kung left the home life at Lintzi Temple of
Yuanshan, Taipei. He was given the name Chin Kung and received the
full ordination to become a monk. Afterwards, he began to lecture
extensively on the Buddha's teachings in Taiwan and abroad. For
more than forty years, he has continuously given lectures on the
Five Sutras of the Pure Land School, the Flower Adornment Sutra,
Lotus Sutra, Surangama Sutra, Complete Enlightenment Sutra, Diamond
Sutra, Earth Treasure Sutra, Brahma Net Sutra, Awakening of Faith
Sastra and many more. Fortunately, these teachings have been recorded
on thousands of audio and videotapes. To this day, he
is still happily and tirelessly lecturing daily.
During his extensive teaching career, Master Chin Kung has held
positions as: an instructor at the Tripitaka Institute at Shipu
Temple in 1960, a committee member of the Propagating Teachings
Committee in 1961, a member of the Planning Committee of the Buddhist
Association of Taiwan in 1965, head instructor at the Buddhist Seminar
for University Students at the Buddhist Association of Taiwan in
1972, a Buddhist research fellow at the Chinese Academia Institute,
professor and editor on the Association of Buddhist Sutras, Commentaries
and Translations of Taiwan in 1973, a professor in the Philosophy
Department at the Chinese Culture University, professor of the
Spiritual Living Course for East Asian Catholics at Fu Ren Catholic
University in 1975, the president of the Chinese
Buddhist College in 1977 and the president of the Chinese Pure Land
Practice Research Institute in 1979. All of the
above institutions are in Taiwan.
He also founded the Hwa Dzan Dharma Giving Association, the Hwa
Dzan Buddhist Audio-Visual Library, the Corporate Body of the Buddha
Educational Foundation, the Hwa Dzan Pure Land Learning Centre and
also various Buddhist and Pure Land Learning Centres throughout
Master Chin Kung helped pioneer the use of radio
and TV broadcasting, satellites, the Internet and other forms of
modern media in propagating Buddhism in Taiwan. He has also sponsored
the printing and free worldwide distribution of the Great Buddhist
Canon, the Four Books, the Five Classics of Confucius, as well as
books and tapes on Buddhism, morality and ethics, and Chinese culture,
in addition to over a million prints of various Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
In 1977, Master Chin Kung began to accept invitations
to lecture abroad. He emphasized the principles of Mahayana Buddhism
as the way to eliminate superstition, enable people to clearly differentiate
right from wrong, proper from deviated and to perfectly solve all
problems. In the effort to make this possible, he has helped to
establish over fifty Pure Land Learning Centres and Amitabha Buddhist
Societies around the world, including those in Taiwan, Hong Kong,
Singapore, Malaysia, North America, Australia, Spain and England.
Over several decades, he has advised numerous Buddhist and social
Master Chin Kung has extensively promoted the idea
to people of Chinese descent worldwide that they establish ancestral
memorial halls to educate people to be sincere and onourable. He
also to encourage the practice of filial piety and the remembrance
of the great kindness of past generations, to advocate ethics and
morality, to improve traditional values, to help the nation to grow
and prosper, and to create a peaceful world. Each of us needs to
preserve, honour and pass on to future generations our individual
traditions of excellence.
In 1985, Master Chin Kung immigrated to the United
States. During the time he lived there, his remarkable achievements
in human relations and his work towards promoting morality and peace
won him awards in 1995 from both the city of Dallas and the state
of Texas as an Honorary Citizen.
In recent years, he has lectured at numerous universities
including the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological
University of Singapore; University of Minnesota, University of
Texas, and University of Hawaii in the U.S.; Melbourne University,
Bond University, Curtin Technology University, and Monash University
in Australia; Fu Ren Catholic University, Chinese Culture University,
Cheng Gong University, and Chong Shan University in Taiwan, and
other institutions of higher learning. He has also given talks to
radio and TV audiences in several countries.
Since May of 1995, Master Chin Kung has been instructing
training classes for lecturers, which are sponsored by the Singapore
Buddhist Lodge and the Amitabha Buddhist Society of Singapore, as
well as being their Director of Education.
In May of 1998, Master Chin Kung started to deliver
a lecture series on the Flower Adornment Sutra, Infinite Life Sutra
and Earth Treasure Sutra in Singapore. It began in November of 1998
that Master Chin Kung took the initiative to visit organizations
of major faiths in Singapore, including Muslim, Catholicism, Methodist
Church, Hinduism, Taoism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism. In that same
year, he supported the project of Multi-faith Centre of Griffith
In the year 2000, Master Chin Kung has helped to organize a delegation
of leaders from nine religions in Singapore to visit religious organizations
in China for two weeks. This trip was very successful.
In June of 2001, Master Chin Kung established the
Pure Land Learning College Association in Australia to nurture and
train successors to continue the propagation of Buddhism. He supported
the Buddhist Educational Foundation for Buddhist courses in Sydney
University and sponsored the project of Institution for Peace and
Conflict Resolution in the University of Queensland.
In March and April of 2002, Master Chin Kung visited
Buddhist organizations in Korea and Japan, to foster mutual understanding.
In June of 2002, Master was awarded as an Adjunct Professor of the
University of Queensland. In the same month, he was awarded with
an honorary degree of Doctor of University of Griffith University.
Currently he is residing in Australia to continue his lecture series
on the highest teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, the Flower Adornment