Venerable Master Chin Kung was born in Lujiang County, Anhui Province, China, in 1927. Master studied the classics, history, philosophy and Buddhism for thirteen years and was well enlightened under the guidance of Professor Dongmei Fang, a great philosopher of his time; Living Buddha Zhangjia Hutukutu, a renowned monk of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition; and Mr. Bingnan Lee, a lay practitioner and master of Buddhism.
Master is not only proficient in the canons and sutras of each Buddhist sect, but extensively dabbles in the theories and doctrines of other religions such as Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, and etc. Among numerous classics, he pays the most attention to Pure Land Buddhism and makes the greatest achievements in it. Master’s Buddhism learning and teaching experience for decades can be summed up by the following principles for practice, i.e. true sincerity, purity of mind, equality, proper understanding, compassion; seeing through, letting go, attaining freedom, according with proper conditions, and being mindful of Buddha Amitabha.
Master pioneers distance teaching by the use of the Internet and satellite television in propagating Buddha’s teachings and the concept of saints and sages on a daily basis, which shows his foresight arising from true wisdom. Master advocates the thoughts of ancient saints and sages that education is essential in building a country and guiding its people.
In the past decade, Master offered diverse scholarships helping the students in China, Indonesia and Australia finish their studies. In recent years, Master has been advocating education on holiness, benevolence, and universal love, harmonious coexistence with other religions, and equal treatment of multiculture between different ethnic groups. Such idea was present in the celebration of the 2550th anniversary of the Buddha at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. Master hopes that more people with lofty ideals make joint efforts to realize Great Harmony eliminating wars and conflicts, and promoting world harmony and stability during the turbulent years.