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Venerable Master Chin Kung AM was born in 1927, in Lujiang County, Anhui Province, China. He is an eminent monk in the Pure Land school of Mahayana Buddhism. He has learned Buddhism for sixty-five years and lectured on it for fifty-eight years. He is advisor to over 100 Amitabha Buddhist Societies and Pure Land Learning Centers worldwide. Master Chin Kung founded the Hwa Dzan Dharma Giving Association, the Hwa Dzan Buddhist Audio-Visual Library, and the Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation in Taiwan. In 2001, he founded the Pure Land Learning College Association, Inc. (PLLCA), in Toowoomba, Australia.


Master Chin Kung has spoken on the Avatamsaka Sutra, Surangama Sutra, Lotus Sutra, Diamond Sutra, Perfect Enlightenment Sutra, Earth Treasure Sutra, Brahma Net Sutra, and the five Pure Land sutras. He has also lectured on teachings from the Tientai, Huayan Consciousness-Only, and Zen schools. He specializes in the Infinite Life Sutra from the Pure Land school. To this day, he teaches tirelessly on a daily basis. His lectures are recorded and broadcasted to audiences around the world.

 

Master Chin Kung’s lectures are also distributed in books and on DVDs, CDs, and other media. To further propagate the Buddha’s teachings, Master Chin Kung pioneered the use of the Internet and satellite television. He has sponsored the printing and distribution of the Buddhist Canon and Buddhist books and images as well as books on moral education. All these are freely distributed worldwide.

 

In 1959, Master Chin Kung became a monk at Linji Temple in Yuanshan, Taipei and was given the Dharma name Chin Kung, which means “pure emptiness.” He studied Buddhism and the classics under the guidance of Professor Fang Dongmei, a great philosopher of his time; Master Zhangjia, a renowned monk of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition; and Mr. Li Bingnan, a lay practitioner and master of Buddhism and Confucianism. He has served as instructor at the Tripitaka Institute at Shipu Temple, professor of the School of Philosophy at the Chinese Culture University, and president of the Chinese Buddhist College.

 

For almost two decades, Master Chin Kung has both initiated and participated in interfaith forums and summits in many countries speaking on the importance of education. He explains that it is imperative that all religious teachers sincerely “learn to be a teacher and act as a role model for all” and encourages these teachers to practice the teachings of the sages and saints in their daily life, delve deeply into the teachings of their own religion, and also humbly learn from diverse religions.

 

For his achievements in building interfaith harmony and fostering peace, Master Chin Kung was awarded honorary doctorate degrees and professorships by the University of Queensland, Griffith University, and the University of Southern Queensland; Australia, and Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University, Indonesia. He is the Honorary Founding Patron of the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland.


In 2005, Master Chin Kung was appointed to the Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division by Queen Elizabeth II. He was recognized for service to the Buddhist community in Queensland, Australia, particularly through the propagation of Buddhism and the fostering of interfaith activities between diverse ethnic groups, and to the community through support for educational and health institutions.


In 2006, Master Chin Kung and the PLLCA were invited by the Ambassador of Thailand to UNESCO to co-organize the event “Celebrating the 2550th Birth Anniversary of the Buddha” at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. The subject of the event was “Discover the Buddhist Contribution to Humanity” to enable more people to learn from the Buddha how to reconcile conflict and promote social stability and world peace through education. The goal was to prove that through the moral teachings of sages and saints, it is possible to teach people to be good, and it is possible to teach people of different faiths to live together harmoniously.


Since the late 1990’s, Master Chin Kung has both initiated and participated in interfaith forums and summits in many countries speaking on the importance of eucation. He explains that it is imperative that all religious teachers sincerely “Learn to be a teacher and act as a role model for all” and ecourages these teachers to practice the teachings of the sages and saints in their daily life, delve deeply into the teachings of their own religions, and also humbly learn from other religions.

 

In 2009, Master Chin Kung was appointed as an International Trustee of Religions for Peace, an international peace organization that is active on every continent. Its mission is to create multi-religious partnerships to confront issues such as stopping war, ending poverty, and protecting the earth.


In 2010, under the guidance of Master Chin Kung, the PLLCA established the Multi-Faith Multicultural Centre and, together with the local residents of different walks of life, formed the Goodwill Committee of Toowoomba, which co-organised events including seminars, visits, exhibitions. The centre serves as a common space for different ethnic groups and faith adherents to come together. They treat one another like a family. A Toowoomba Interfaith Working Group was also set up to bring together different religious groups in Toowoomba.


In October 2011, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato Sri Najib Razak, who supported the promotion of morals and ethics education, presided over the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Malaysian Academy of Han Studies in Malaysia. The construction of the academy was completed in 2016. The academy is dedicated to nurturing talented individuals for teaching traditional Chinese culture. These teachings will in turn bring happiness and good fortune to humanity.


In December 2011, at the ten-year anniversary celebration of the PLLCA, many faith and community leaders, including the former Mayor of Toowoomba, Cr Peter Taylor, expressed their wish and support to make Toowoomba a Model City of Peace and Harmony for the whole world. It is an endeavour of the highest order. Subsequently, political leaders, including the current Mayor, Cr Paul Antonio, gave their full support to this vision of establishing Toowoomba as a model city.


In 2013, under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Master Chin Kung provided support for the construction of Nagananda International Buddhist University in Sri Lanka in order to develop talented individuals to expound and support the teachings of morality, virtue, and causality in Buddhism.


Between 2013 and 2016, on four separate occasions, religious and community representatives of Toowoomba presented the results of helping to build Toowoomba into a Model City of Peace and Harmony at UNESCO in Paris, leaving a lasting impression on conference participants and guests.


In 2015, Master Chin Kung suggested that 360 excerpts from each religion be compiled into a set of books titled Scriptures 360. He hopes that with more people learning and understanding religious teachings, we will move closer to having peace and harmony in the world. The suggestion was widely supported by religious leaders and adherents from Toowoomba, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. The Toowoomba Interfaith Working Group worked to compile the teachings from each faith. The first edition of Scriptures 360 was released in November 2016.


Also in 2015, Master Chin Kung began travelling to the United Kingdom to promote religious unity.


In April 2016, the University of Wales awarded Master Chin Kung an honorary degree, Doctor of Letters honoris causa, for services and support to intercultural and interfaith activities.


In July 2016, Master Chin Kung began working with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Lampeter, Wales, to establish the Academy of Sinology. The goal of the academy is to nurture teachers who have the ability to read, understand, translate, and put into practice the teachings in the Complete Library of the Four Branches of Literature. This will help to revive Classical Chinese. It will also help continue the excellence of the traditional Chinese culture and values to pass on the morals, virtues, and wisdom of our great ancestors, and to bring peace for generations to come.


In March 2017, upon an invitation from Master Chin Kung, nine Ambassadors from UNESCO and other distinguished guests travelled from Paris and Oxford to visit Toowoomba, a model city of peace and harmony. The visit allowed the Ambassadors and guests to experience firsthand the efforts of Toowoomba to unite people from diverse religious and ethnic groups. Events included the revered Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony; a public dialogue in which the Ambassadors and Toowoomba citizens shared their experiences and contributions in working towards peace and harmony; a joint tree-planting by the Ambassadors, the Mayor of Toowoomba, and Master Chin Kung, an act that symbolized the sowing of the seed for peace and harmony of the city; a visit to Darling Heights State School to see multiculturalism in action; and concluded with the PLLCA’s Saturday Night Friendship dinner.


In April 2016, the University of Wales awarded Master Chin Kung an honorary degree, Doctor of Letters honoris causa, for services and support to intercultural and interfaith activities.


Master Chin Kung, with his broadmindedness, far-sightedness, wisdom, and dedication, not only propagates the teachings of Buddhism but also encourages the widespread learning of diverse religious teachings. Cooperation between religions will lead to unity among all people. This is to say that when love permeates the world, good intentions fill the minds of all people.


With a heart of purity, equality, and compassion, Master Chin Kung regards everyone—from the leader of a nation to its citizens—without discrimination, equally offering guidance with a true sincere heart. In his daily life, he cultivates the principles of seeing through, letting go, and according with proper conditions. Even though he is known far and wide, he lives a simple life. In every thought, he is constantly thinking of carrying on the work of the ancient sages to benefit all beings to come. He has overcome extreme hardships and difficulties to ensure the continuation of the teachings of the traditional Chinese culture in his every thought and behaviour.


Master Chin Kung’s message of loving-kindness and compassion for all has been the central theme of his life-long teaching. Focusing on the innate goodness of sincerity, respect, humility and harmony, and dedicating himself to help all beings to attain long-lasting happiness and joy has been his meaning of life.


"Propagating

the Dharma

to benefit all beings."





Venerable Master Chin Kung AM