Venerable Master Hsing Yun was born in Chiangxu province, China in 1927. Tonsured under Venerable Master Chih Kai at the age of twelve, he became a sramanera (novice monk) at Chi-hsia Shan, a monastery in Nanjing.
He was fully ordained in 1941 and went on formal monastic training at Chi-hsia Vinaya school and Chiao-shan Buddhist College. His commitment to the Buddhist education was already under way when he left the directorship of Hua-t'sang Temple in Nanjing, for Taiwan in 1949.
Years of dedicated endeavors gave Master Hsing Yun his sense of mission to the revitalization of Buddhism in Taiwan. The proliferation of his education, social and cultural understandings was pinnacled by projects of establishing organizations of laity.
Shou-shan Buddhist College, Kaohsiung, founded in 1965, realized master Hsing Yun's conception of tertiary education that amalgamates Buddhist practice and traditional scholarship. Fo Guang Shan (The Buddha's Light Mountain ), Kaohsiung founded in 1967, emblematizes his vision of Humanistic Buddhism.
Master Hsing Yun's vow to spread the Dharma as his mission and to benefit all sentient beings as his career subsequently took him to Australia, in the pass years, where he continues to steer Buddhism along the passage of modernization through education, cultural activities, charity and religious practice as well as globalization; and building of temples in each of the five continents. I.B.C.V is one of the 100s Fo Guang Shan branch temples around the world established in Melbourne since 1992.
Hsi Fang Temple is a Chinese Ch'an Buddhist temple. The temple was founded by the Venerable Master Hsing Yun in 1989. It is associated with the Fo Guang Shan order and temple in Taiwan as well as the Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights, California.
Venerable Master Hsing Yun, is currently the President of Buddha's Light International Association, founder of Fo Guang Shan, Nan Hwa University and Fo Guang University.