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Most Venerable Dharma Master Hsin Tao (Chan Master Hsin Tao)
Founder of Museum of World religion, and the founding abbot of Ling Jiou Mountain Buddhist Society

Most Venerable Dharma Master Hsin Tao (Chan Master Hsin Tao), the founder of Museum of World religion, and the founding abbot of Ling Jiou Mountain Buddhist Society, was born in upper Burma in 1948 to ethnic Chinese parents, Master Hsin Tao was left orphaned and impoverished at an early age. Having been taken in by the remnants of ROC military units operating along the border of Yunnan, China, he was brought to Taiwan in 1961. At the age of 15, he was deeply moved by the compassion of Guanyin Bodhisattva (Avalokiteśvara) and resolved to seek the supreme truth and to bring relief to all who suffer. As an offering to the Buddha, he had himself tattooed with the vows “May I awaken in gratitude for the kindness of Guanyin,” “I will never rest until Buddhahood is attained,” and “Liberating all beings by living in suchness.” As the highest respect to Most Venerable Dharma Master Hisn Tao (Chan Master Hsin Tao), Mettavalokanaya, Sri Lankan leading monthly international Buddhist Magazine & website publish his dhamma talks and Buddhist articles on every month.

After ordaining at the age of 25 and making a vow to attain enlightenment, Master Hsin Tao traveled on foot for over ten years, practicing austerities in lonely and secluded locations. Having arrived at the Fahua Cave on Fulong Mountain in early 1983, Master Hsin Tao undertook a fast which was to last over two years, during which time he attained deep insight into the meaning of “Only when all beings are liberated, is enlightenment fully attained.” Standing on the summit of Ling Jiou Mountain, looking down at the Pacific Ocean, Master Hsin Tao felt great compassion for the suffering of all beings. After his solitary retreat he established the Wu Sheng Monastery on the mountain in order to propagate the Dharma and help relieve suffering in the world, at the same time advancing the cause of world peace through interreligious dialogue.

After ordaining at the age of 25 and making a vow to attain enlightenment, Master Hsin Tao traveled on foot for over ten years, practicing austerities in lonely and secluded locations(cemetery). Having arrived at the Fahua Cave on Fulong Ling Jiou Mountain in early 1983, Master Hsin Tao undertook a fast which was to last over two years, during which time he attained deep insight into the meaning of “Only when all beings are liberated, is enlightenment fully attained.” (After 10 years ascetic practice in cemeteries, in 1983, Master decided to take a two years strict fasting retreat in a cave on Taiwan’s northeastern coast where he established the Ling Jiou Mountain Wu-Sheng Monastery, which is now home for nearly 100 nuns and monks)

The Founding Abbot of Ling Jiou Mountain Buddhist Society Abbot of Ling Jiou Mountain Buddhist Society Master Hsin Tao is a sage of Taiwanese Buddhism, who is famous for his mission to promote peace and understanding through interreligious dialogue. In annual Water-Land-Air Dharma Assembly, there were more than 100,000 attendants. Master help relieve suffering in the world, at the same time advancing the cause of world peace through interreligious dialogue. The Venerable Dharma Master Hsin Tao is a Buddhist monk who has combined his religious practices with political and social activism. In addition to his daily monastic practices, Hsin Tao has focused on three issues: the promotion of peace; the encouragement of interfaith dialogue; and the preservation of the environment. Dharma Master Hsin Tao became a monk in Taiwan at age 25. After many years of strict fasting and meditation practice he founded the Ling Jiou Mountain Wu Sheng Monastery and Buddhist Society, the Museum of World Religions in 2001 and the Global Family for Love and Peace, an NGO involved in Interfaith- and outreach work. He has also been the initiator of many Buddhist-Muslim dialogues around the world.

Inspired by the increasingly interconnected world and devoted to encouraging understanding for all cultures and religious traditions, In 1989, Dharma Master Hsin Tao decided to build the Museum of World Religions. His goal has been to create a unique institution that would illuminate global religious traditions from a variety of perspectives. To realize this bold objective, in 1991, he established the Museum of World Religions Foundation and an administrative office. For most of the past decade, the Dharma Master has traveled the world to discuss the museum and has garnered the support of senior religious leaders of many faiths, including a certificate of benediction bestowed by His Holiness Pope John Paul II.Dharma Master Hsin Tao also leads the Ling Jiou Mountain Prajna Cultural and Education Foundation, the Ling Jiou Mountain Buddhist Foundation, the Social Welfare and Charity Foundation of Taipei County, and related projects in Vancouver, Nepal, Burma, and elsewhere. (Devoted to encouraging tolerance towards all cultures and religious traditions, Master Hsin Tao decided to build a museum of religions in 1991, and 12 years later, the Museum finally opened in Taipei in 2001. In 2002, The Global Family for Love &peace, a non-government organization, was established in N.Y. as an extension of Master Hsin Tao’s missions. Master Hsin Tao has published more than 30 books in Chinese. Some of them have been translated into English and German)

Dharma Master Hsin Tao is the founder of Global Family for Love and Peace – At the age of 15 Master Hsin Tao heard the story of Bodhisattva Guanyin, the Goddess of Compassion. From that moment, Master Hsin Tao made a vow to spend his life following the spiritual example of Bodhisattva Guanyin, working for peace through dialogue, education and service, combining religious practices with social activism. In 2002 Master Hsin Tao opened the Museum of World Religions in Taipei. MWR’s mission is to foster greater understanding, respect, and engagement for all the world’s religions and spiritual traditions. Artifacts are related to the major religions and spiritual traditions, and there are interactive displays illustrating the role religion plays in daily life, creating a dialogue and interaction with the visitor.

Through Global Family for Love and Peace Master Hsin Tao directs projects in Myanmar: Dayu Nursery, Education and Support Program for Disadvantaged Children, and the Nung Mon organic Farm where farmers use sustainable agricultural practices. Dharma Master Hsin Tao was a speaker at the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, is a member of the Elijah Interfaith Institute Board of World Religious Leaders and is a recipient of the Interfaith Visionaries Award from the Temple of Understanding.