Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

        "Education is the best national defense."
       Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

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Venerable Master Hsuan Hua was born in China in 1918. At the age of twelve, the Master began bowing every morning and evening to his parents, wishing to repent for his wrongdoings and to repay their kindness. At fifteen, he took refuge with triple jewel and also started his schooling. In three years, he not only mastered Chinese literature, philosophy, medicine, etc. but also started a free school for children in poverty and in need. Since then, Venerable Master Hua had been committed to the promotion of education. In 1962, Venerable Master Hua arrived in San Francisco, and determined to propagate proper Dharma. Based upon great kindness and compassion, he devoted to realizing his vision on education promotion as well.

He said,
"To promote world peace, we have to start with education. The destiny of the world lies in the hands of young people. If we devote less than our full attention to their education, the consequences will be dire indeed!"

In his lifetime, he founded Instilling Goodness Elementary School, Developing Virtue Secondary School, International Institute for the Translation of Buddhist Texts, and Dharma Realm Buddhist University.

The Dharma name of the Elder Venerable Master Hsuan Hua was An Tzu (Peace and Compassion), also known as Tu Lun (Liberate [from the] Wheel [of Rebirth]). He was the Ninth Patriarch of the Wei-Yang Chan (Chinese Zen) School of Buddhism and was granted the Dharma Seal of the Wei-Yang lineage from the elder Venerable Master Hsu Yun. The Master's Dharma-Transmission name was Hsuan Hua (Proclaim and Transform), but he often referred to himself as "a living dead person", or "the Monk in the Grave." Throughout his life, he never wanted fame or profit, and he had no desire to contend with others even more so. Instead, he said that he would rather be "a little bug," or "a small ant" beneath the feet of all living beings, and used his body as a stepping stone for living beings who sought to transcend from commoners straight to the ground of the Buddha.

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