About the Book
Why is it some people go through life full of happiness, while others seem to face more difficulties? The attitude of each person determiners whether happiness or problems arise. Our approach to life is the Key that opens the door to the carefree life.
Venerable Master Hsing Yun
Venerable Master Hsing Yun was born in Jaingdu , Jiangsu Province, China, in 1927. Tonsured under Venerable Master Zhikai at age twelve, he became a novice monk at Qixia Vinaya School and Jiaoshan Buddhist College . He was fully ordained in 1941, and is the48th Patriarch of the Linji (Rinzia ) chan School.
He went to Taiwan in 1949 where he undertook the revitalization of Chinese Mahayana Buddhism on the island with a range of activities novel for its time. In 1967, he founded the Fo Gaung shan (Buddha’s Light Mountain) Buddhist Order, and has since established more than a hundred temples in Taiwan and on every continent worldwide. His Lai Temple, the United States Headquarters of Fo Gaung Shan , was built outside Los Angeles in 1988.
At presents, there are nearly two thousands monks and nuns in the Fo Gaung Shan Buddhist Order. The Organization also oversees sixteen Buddhist colleges; five Publishing houses , including Buddha’s Light Publishing and His Lai University Pres; four universities, one of which is His Lai University in Los Angeles; two nursing homes for the elderly; a secondary school; a satellite television station; and an orphanage.
A prolific writer and an inspiring speaker , Master Hsing Yun has written many books on Buddhist sutras and a wide spectrum of topics over the past five decades . Most of his speeches and lectures have been compiled into essays defining Humanistic Buddhism and outlining its practice. Some of his writings and lectures have been translated into various languages, such as English , Spanish , German, Russian , Japanese, Korean, etc.
The Venerable Master is also the founder of the Buddha’s Light International Association, a Worldwide organization of lay Buddhists dedicated to the propagation of Buddhism , with over 130 chapters and a membership of more than a million.
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