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Lujiang County, Anhui Province, China
He was born in Lujiang Country, Anhui Province, China under the birth name of Hsu Yeh-hong (Xú Yèhóng 徐業鴻). He spent thirteen years studying Buddhism and Philosophy under the guidance of Professor Fang Tung-mei (方東美), Changkya Khutukhyu (章嘉呼圖克圖 a master in Mongolian Buddhist tradition), and lay teacher Lee Ping-nan (李炳南). He entered the monastic life in 1959, where he was ordained at Lintzi Temple at Yuanshan in Taipei Taiwan. It was then that he received the name of Chin Kung, meaning "pure emptiness".
Master Chin Kung is well known for using modern technology to spread the Buddha's teachings. His lectures are recorded on audio, video tapes and CDs for wide distribution in many temples, including many Buddhist temples and centers where people can pick up books to distribute to other places.
He has sponsored the printing and the distribution of Buddhist texts worldwide, as well as portraits and pictures of various buddhas and bodhisattvas. All these items have been distributed free of charge.
In recent years, Chin Kung has emphasized the Infinite Life Sutra and the Pure Land cultivation method of Buddha recitation which is concerned mainly with the recitation of Amitābha Buddha's name.
Chin Kung was the ordination master for the late actress Chen Xiaoxu. He is currently residing in Australia.
In 2002, he was awarded an Honorary Professorship from the University of Queensland, Australia and an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University, Australia. In December 2003, he was awarded the Honorary Founding Patron of the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia. In April 2004, he was awarded the Honorary Doctor Degree of University of Southern Queensland. He was then further granted the Honorary Doctor Degree of Syarif Hidayatullan State Islamic University, Jakarta Indonesia in June. In August, he was invited to present a paper at the 2004 Okayama Topia for International Contribution NGO Network Conference on the United Nations.
In June 2005, Chin Kung was appointed as a member in the General Division of the Order of Australia by Queen Elizabeth II. He was recognised for service to the Buddhist community in Queensland, particularly through the promotion of Buddhism and the fostering interfaith activities between diverse ethnic groups, and to the community through support for educational and health institutions.
In 2006 he sponsored and attended actively the solemn and sumptuous celebration of the 2550th birthday of the Buddha Shakyamuni, which took place in the office of the UNESCO in Paris, organized by the Venerable Tampalawela Dhammaratana, ex-president of the Buddhist Union of France, it was an event of international scale, that left a big influence in the Buddhist and not Buddhist world, by the distribution of its message of world peace and peace of mind in the heart of each.
Understanding of BuddhismChin Kung categorizes Buddhism in practice into four different types. First, the traditional Buddhism, the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni, which is very rare in our days. Second, the religious Buddhism, which does not represent the real Buddhism but it becomes recognized by the society, since temples nowadays no longer practice intense teachings and meditation as they used to be. Third, the academic Buddhism being taught in many universities today, where we see Buddhism being treated purely as philosophy. This is not comprehensive either since Buddha's education covers everything essential to human beings rather than being one branch of the whole knowledge. Finally, the total degeneration of Buddhism into a cult. This type of Buddhism came into being in recent forty years and does great harm to the society. Chin Kung tries to correct the misunderstanding and lead the public back to the original form of Buddhism as taught by Buddha Shakyamuni.
Master Chin kung's teachings have benefited many people in China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, USA, Canada and many parts of the world.
Master Chin Kung promoted harmony in Singapore by uniting nine religions in Singapore. He had visited many country leaders.....Through his teachings, many students live in peaceful life.
Master Chin Kung is the valuable asset in the current world, I wish master Chin Kung has the healthy body so that he can continue to teach all of us four hours a day through live telecast on Internet.