Venerable Master Chin Kung was born in Luchiang County, Anhui Province, China, in 1927. Before he was ordained as a monk, his name was Yae-Hong Hsu.
Master Chin Kung grew up in Cheino, Fukien Province. In 1949, he went to Taiwan and worked at the Shihchien Institute. For the next thirteen years, he spent his leisure hours studying Buddhism and Philosophy under the guidance of Professor Tung-Mei Fang, Master Jia Chang, and Elder Teacher Mr. Bing-Nan Lee. During those years, Master Chin Kung built up a strong foundation for his future career.
In 1959, Master Chin Kung decided to be a monk, and to dedicate the rest of his life to spreading the teachings of the Buddha. He was ordained at Lintzi Temple at Yuanshan in Taipei, Taiwan. It was then that he received the name of Chin Kung. Since his ordination, Master Chin Kung has lectured extensively in Taiwan and abroad. For more than thirty years, he has taught and lectured on The Flower Adornment Sutra, The Dharma Flower Sutra, The Shurangama Sutra, The Complete Enlightenment Sutra, The Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch, The Diamond Sutra, The Five Sutras and One Commentary of Pure Land Study, and many other Sutras and Commentaries. He is the founder of the Hwa Dzan Monastery, the Hwa Dzan Buddhist Library, the Hwa Dzan Lecture Hall, and the Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation.
Master Chin Kung uses modern technology to spread the Buddha’s teachings. Most of his lectures are recorded on audio, video tapes and CDs for wide distribution. 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.
Master Chin Kung is the founder of Pure Land Learning Centers all over the world. Their mission is to teach the Pure Land Study and its cultivation methods.
In recent years, Master Chin Kung has emphasized The Infinite Life Sutra and the Pure Land cultivation method of Buddha Recitation. As he continues his lecturing tours around the world, Master Chin Kung practices Buddha Recitation as his own path to seek rebirth in the Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss.