A Life of Sincerity
The Life of Venerable Master Chin Kung:
Propagating the Buddha‟s Teachings through Education
CONTENTS 1 PROFILE OF VENERABLE MASTER CHIN KUNG 3 THE ORIGINS OF THE AMITABHA BUDDHIST SOCIETY 6 CURRENTLY ESTABLISHED AMITABHA BUDDHIST SOCIETIES 10 THE AMITABHA BUDDHIST SOCIETIES' POLITICAL GUIDELINES 13 THE INDEPENDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM 15 THE VIEWPOINTS OF VENERABLE MASTER CHIN KUNG 16
16 Propagating the Buddha‟s Teachings through Education
Establishment of the Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational 16
Buddhism as an Education 17
Scholarships for Master Chin Kung's Native Country, China 18
19 Nurturing Buddhist Successors through Lectures
The Importance of Buddhist Successors 19
The Creation of Classes to Train Lecturers 20
Opening the Class for the Hua Yan (Flower Adornment ) Sutra 21
Establishing the Buddhist Educational College 22
23 Promoting Mutual Understanding through Sincerity
Multi-Faith, Multi-Culture 23
True Sincerity is the Starting Point for Interchange 24
Seeking the Common Ground while Respecting the Differences 24
Respecting and Upholding Traditions 25
Visiting the Muslim Missionary Society of Singapore 27
27 Benefiting Society through Compassion
Compassion: the Basic Teaching of Buddhism 27
Forty Years of Teaching: the Compassion to Benefit Sentient Beings 29
Monetary and Material Donations to Help Disaster Victims 32
Rebuilding Schools and Instilling Hope in the Disaster Area 33
Long-Term Assistance for Master Chin Kung's Native Country 34
34 Being Born into the Pure Land through Concentration on One
Practicing Filial Piety and Repaying Kindness: the Foundation of Pure 34
Concentrating on One Method: the Simple and Direct Path to 36
Practicing Pure Land Buddhism: the Most Suitable Method for Our 37
Modern Society and Level of Awakening
PROFILE OF VENERABLE MASTER CHIN KUNG
Yae-Hong Hsu, better known by his Buddhist name Chin Kung Shi, was born in February of 1927 in Lujiang County, Anhui Province of China. He attended the National Third Guizhou Junior High School and Nanjing First Municipal High School. In 1949, he went to Taiwan and worked in the Shijian Institution. For thirteen years thereafter, Venerable Master Chin Kung spent his spare time studying sutras, history and philosophy under the guidance of the eminent Professor Dong-Mei Fang, a Tibetan Living Buddha Master Zhang Jia, and well known Buddhist Dharma Master Bing-Nan Lee, a successor of the great Master Yin-Guang. He is well versed in numerous sutras and discussions of various Buddhist schools, also in the teachings of Confucianism, Taoism, Catholicism, Islam and other religions. He has spent most of his time and effort in studying, practicing and teaching Pure Land Buddhism in which he attained his greatest achievements.
In 1959, Master Chin Kung became a monk at Linji Temple of Yuanshan, Taipei, and was given the Buddhist name Chin Kung. After receiving full ordination, he began lecturing and propagating 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 Center and also various Buddhist and Pure Land Learning Centers throughout the world.
Master Chin Kung helped pioneer the use of radio and TV broadcasting, satellites, the Internet and other forms of modern media in propagating the Buddha‟s teachings in Taiwan. He has also sponsored the printing and free
worldwide distribution of the Great Buddhist Cannon, 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 Centers 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 organizations.
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 honorable. 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, honor 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 race 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 in Singapore; the University of Minnesota, the University of Texas, and the University of Hawaii in the U.S.; Melbourne University, Bond University, Curtin Technology University, and Monash University in Australia; Fu Ren Catholic University, the 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. He is currently residing in Singapore to deliver a lecture series on the Flower Adornment Sutra, Infinite Life Sutra and Earth Treasure Sutra. He is now
establishing the Buddhist Educational College, the first college of its kind in
Singapore, to nurture and train successors to continue the Buddhism.
THE ORIGINS OF THE AMITABHA BUDDHIST SOCIETY
Empathizing with the suffering of all sentient beings, Buddha Shakyamuni came to our world to teach people how to transcend both that suffering and the cycle of birth and death. His goal was to enable all beings to understand his teachings, to become enlightened. In our Dharma Ending Age, our negative karma is very strong, creating many obstacles to our way of practice. Lacking wisdom and good fortune, it is extremely difficult for us to find a good teacher who can guide us and properly explain the Buddha‟s teachings. Knowing all this,
the Buddha taught a special method for the beings of our time, this Pure Land method.
As the famous late Buddhist scholar Mr. Guang-Xi Mei once said, "If we can accept and uphold the Pure Land teachings, not only will we eradicate future sufferings, but we could attain peace of mind now. People who do not sincerely cultivate pure conduct will never be able to understand or experience the happiness of the practice of this wondrous method. Likewise, those who do not practice the teachings will never realize their profundity. If we wish to spread the Buddha's teachings in this age, it is definitely necessary to advocate the Pure Land teachings."
Amitabha Buddhist Societies were proposed for the first time after World War II, when the respected Mr. Lian-Ju Xia, an eminent Buddhist teacher, began promoting the exclusive study and cultivation of the Pure Land School. Master Chin Kung, with over forty years of experience in propagating Buddhism, also deeply understands that the Pure Land teachings are the foremost method for helping sentient beings. In recent years, he has tirelessly lectured around the
world, primarily in Asia, Australia and North America.
He has funded the free worldwide distribution of books and tapes on Buddhism, ethics and morality, and Chinese Classics. It is his heartfelt wish to help in the establishment of independent Amitabha Buddhist Societies all over the world. He respectfully hopes these organizations will extensively promote proper education, explain the Law of Cause and Effect, generate the Bodhi mind and encourage all people to chant Buddha Amitabha's name and vow to be born into the Pure Land.
The guideline for fellow practitioners of these societies is to cultivate according to the five Pure Land sutras and one sastra, the Infinite Life Sutra, the
Amitabha Sutra, the Visualization Sutra, the "Chapter of Universal Worthy
Bodhisattva's Conduct and Vows", the "Chapter on the Perfect and Complete Realization of Great Strength Bodhisattva", and Vasubandhu Bodhisattva’s
Report. We emphasize the importance of our practice complementing our understanding, and that we carry out our vows in accordance with the Five Guidelines of the Three Conditions, Six Principles of Harmony, Three Learnings, Six Paramitas, and the Ten Great Vows.
The first of the Three Conditions includes being filial and respectful toward our parents, teachers and elders, being compassionate and not killing any living beings, and following the Ten Good Conducts. The second of the Three Conditions includes taking the Three Refuges, observing precepts, laws and customs, and conducting ourselves in a proper and dignified manner. The third includes generating the awakening mind, deeply believing in the Law of Cause and Effect, reciting and upholding Mahayana Sutras and encouraging others to advance on the path to enlightenment.
Second, the Six Harmonies includes sharing the same viewpoints and goals, observing the same rules, living and practicing together harmoniously, not
quarrelling, experiencing the inner peace and happiness from practicing together and sharing benefits harmoniously.
Third, the Three Learnings are self-discipline, deep concentration and wisdom. Fourth, the Six Paramitas are giving, self-discipline, patience, diligence, deep concentration, and wisdom.
Fifth and last, the Ten Great Vows are as follows: First is to respect all people and treat everything with care. Second is to praise all the virtues and kind practices of others. Third is to practice giving respectfully. Fourth is to feel deep remorse for our faults, which obstruct us from seeing our true nature and to vow not to commit them again. Fifth is to rejoice in the virtuous deeds of others and not harbor jealousy. Sixth is to request for those with true practice to widely propagate the teachings. Seventh is to ask teachers to remain by our side in guidance. Eighth is to forever hold the Buddha's teachings in our hearts. Ninth is to accord with conditions and people around us. Tenth is to dedicate the peace and happiness gained from practicing the above deeds to all living beings, hoping that they will attain the unsurpassed understanding.
We would do well to chant Buddha Amitabha‟s name single-mindedly
without doubt, without intermingling with other methods or thoughts, and without interruption, to seek birth into the Western Pure Land and to return to our world and help others.
It is our sincere hope that people will recognize that the cause of our problems originates from our polluted minds. We would do well to turn back from delusion, from our false beliefs and our improper viewpoints. If we truly wish our future to be filled with loving-kindness and compassion, we will follow the guidance of the Infinite Life Sutra, "Wherever the Buddha's teachings have flourished, either in cities or countrysides, people would gain inconceivable benefits. The land and people would be enveloped in peace. The sun and moon will shine clear and