• 2019 Association of Master Chin Kung's Friends at UNESCO

    Buddhist Practice Ceremony

    8 - 10 June 2019 7 De Place de Fontenoy, Paris, France Room One
    As believed by Master Chin Kung, religious cohesion is the starting point of world peace. The establishment of the Association of Master Chin Kung’s Friends at UNESCO demonstrates the recognition of UNESCO to Master Chin Kung’s idea of religious cohesion. It also shows UNESCO’s hope and expectation of realizing this idea. This concrete big step will be helpful in realizing world peace and bring a stream of positive new energy into the present world.  

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    Master Chin Kung Biography

    Venerable Master Chin Kung, AM (b. 1927) is an eminent monk in the Pure Land school of Mahayana Buddhism. He has studied Buddhism for sixty-four years and has lectured on it for fifty-seven years. He is advisor to over 100 Amitabha Buddhist Societies and Pure Land Learning Centres worldwide, and founder of the Pure Land Learning College Association in Toowoomba, Australia.

    Master Chin Kung pioneered the use of the Internet and satellite television in promulgating the Buddha’s teachings. His recorded lectures have been distributed in books and on DVDs, CDs, and other media. He has also sponsored the printing and distribution of the Buddhist Canon and Buddhist sutras, books, and images as well as books on moral education. All of these publications are freely distributed worldwide. To this day, the Master still teaches tirelessly on a daily basis, and his lectures are broadcast via satellite television and the Internet to audiences around the world.


    Born in Lujiang County, Anhui Province, China, the Master studied Buddhism and the classics under the guidance of Professor Thomé H. Fang(Fang Dongmei), a great philosopher of his time; Master Zhangjia (or Janggya Hotogtu), a renowned Mongolian monk of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition; and Mr. Li Bingnan, a lay practitioner and master of Buddhism. In 1959, Master Chin Kung was ordained a monk at Linji Temple in Yuanshan, Taipei, and was given the Dharma name “Chin Kung”, which means “pure emptiness”. He has also served as instructor at the Tripitaka Institute at Shipu Temple, as professor of the School of Philosophy at the Chinese Culture University, and as president of the Chinese Buddhist College.

     

    Master Chin Kung founded the Hwa Dzan Dharma Giving Association; the Hwa Dzan Buddhist Audio-Visual Library, Taiwan; and the Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation, Taiwan.


    For his achievements in building interfaith harmony and fostering peace, Master Chin Kung has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees and professorships by the University of Queensland, Griffith University, and the University of Southern Queensland, Australia; and by Syarif Hidayatullan State Islamic University, Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also 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 (AM) in the General Division by Queen Elizabeth II. He was recognised for his service to the Buddhist community in Queensland, particularly through the promulgation 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 UNESCO to co-organize the event, “Celebrating the 2550th Birth Anniversary of the Buddha” at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The event’s theme was “Buddhist Contributions to Humanity and Sustainable Development of World Peace”, and its goal was to raise awareness of the Buddha and his teachings, and to inspire people on ways to reconcile conflict, and promote social stability and world peace.


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

     

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


    Starting in 2015, Master Chin Kung began travelling to the United Kingdom to promote religious unity and to work in collaboration with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to establish a college of Sinology. 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.


    Currently he is lecturing on the Infinite Life Sutra and raising awareness of how the daily teachings can transform the mind-set of people today and help foster world peace.
    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 the purpose of Master Chin Kung’s life.

     

  • NYC visit by leading Buddhist scholar

    Khenchen Tsultrim Lodro - Thursday April 21-25, 2018

    Venerable Khenchen Tsultrim Lodro Rinpoche visit

    Venerable Khenchen Tsultrim Lodro Rinpoche is one of the most important Buddhist teachers of our time. The Rinpoche is a respected contemporary Nyingma teacher of Tibetan Buddhism based at Larung Gar, where he serves as a standing Vice Principal having overseen monastic education at Larung for twenty years. A native of Sichuan Province, he is an influential public intellectual and a strong advocate of Dharma, Tibetan culture and protection of all living beings. Khenchen has traveled extensively to teach the Dharma having spoken at Harvard, Oxford and Stanford around topics central to science and Buddhism that probe the mysteries of life and mind.

     

    Biography:

     

    The Venerable Khenchen Tsultrim Lodro Rinpoche is a respected contemporary Nyingma teacher of Tibetan Buddhism based at Larung Gar (officially known as the Serthar Larung Five Sciences Buddhist Institute), where he serves as a standing Vice Principal. He is a native of Draggo (Ch: Luhuo) County in Sichuan Province. He is an influential public intellectual and a strong advocate of Tibetan culture.

    Khenchen was born in an ordinary family in Draggo (Ch: Luhuo) County, Sichuan Province. As he grew older, his desire became stronger to become a monastic practitioner and benefit other beings by advancing the Buddhadharma. At the beginning of 1984, Khenchen turned down the position of Committee Secretary in the District Three division of the Luhuo County Government. Thereafter, at 22 years of age, he received ordination at Larung Gar, becoming a disciple of the great contemporary spiritual master, His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche. He successively received Pratimoksha, Bodhisattva and Vajrayana vows.

     

    On arriving at the teaching encampment, Khenchen joyfully faced the hardships in his immediate living conditions. Day and night he applied himself diligently to his studies of both the sutric and tantric divisions of the Buddhist scriptures and assimilated all content with ease. After years of effort and consecutive levels of strict examinations, he was personally awarded the Khenpo degree by His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche. At the age of 24 he began practicing the highest Nyingma tantric teachings transmitted by His Holiness. The fruits of his practice were verified face-to-face three times by his root teacher.

    From 1991 to 2013, Khenchen held the critical leadership appointment of Dean of Education at Larung Gar. Over the course of twenty-one years of service, he gave teachings every day in addition to carrying out his administrative responsibilities. He also trained a large cohort of outstanding monastic students capable of carrying on the lineage and spreading the Buddhadharma.

    In 1994 Khenchen was sent by His Holiness to Singapore to teach on the Buddhadharma, commencing what would develop into a long career of Dharma outreach among overseas audiences. In 2014, Khenchen resumed his overseas teaching activities after a hiatus of sixteen years and was invited to give lectures in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Canada, USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

    Khenchen has also taken up invitations to participate in academic dialogues and give talks at tertiary institutions including Harvard University, University of Oxford, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Columbia University, George Washington University, University of Virginia, Toronto University, University of Auckland, University of Sydney and University of Melbourne. He has also visited companies like Google to take part in activities alongside experts and scholars of science, philosophy and psychology to discuss topics central to science and Buddhism that probe the mysteries of life and mind.

    Over the past decade or more, the core of Khenchen’s efforts has been concentrated in Tibetan areas, promoting environmental awareness, education, public health, vegetarianism, and the importance of protecting living beings and abstaining from taking life. At the same time, he has sought to deepen the broader Tibetan community’s understanding of basic Buddhism, and to this end has traveled widely giving teachings to lay audiences. Placing great importance on the development of Tibetan culture, Khenpo has founded libraries and two major schools. Notably, he has also coordinated a team of language specialists and scholars representing all Tibetan regions to collaborate on the compilation of a trilingual (Tibetan-Chinese-English) dictionary of new vocabulary terms.

    Motivated by a concern to help prevent the ongoing spread of AIDS in Tibetan regions, in 2012 Khenchen initiated a training program for AIDS prevention volunteers in Tibet. He also founded the General Benefit AIDS Prevention Association in order to spread knowledge concerning AIDS prevention and drug prohibition across the entire Tibetan region.

    Khenchen is committed to deepening his understanding of Western science and philosophy, and is enthusiastic in using contemporary technology to disseminate Buddhist culture. He has published extensively on Buddhism in both Tibetan and Chinese languages. His Tibetan publications include five volumes of collected writings, and his Chinese monographs include the eleven-volume Wisdom Light series, Why Aren’t We Happy?, Stories of Transmigration, Buddhism: Superstition or Wisdom?, The Secret Code for Unlocking Tibetan Buddhism, and Tibetan Buddhism: Lifting the Veil of Mystery.

     

  • Five Precepts

    Refrain from destroying living creatures

    Refrain from taking that which is not given

    Refrain from misusing sexuality

    Refrain from graceless speech

    Refrain from intoxicants

     

  • Buddhist chanting

    This is a traditional chanting offering made on a warm winter's day in the catskills mountains. For Mitou Village in Pennsylvania, this was the first opening ceremony to purify boundaries along with a release life ceremony.

     

    For the information on mantras used such as the Great Compassion Mantra or the Amitabha Sutra, please visit the Buddhist Text Translation Society founded by the Venerable Master Hsüan Hua.

  • About us

    Pureland Dzogchen Buddhism was founded by Ado Rinpoche in the United States of America in 2007. Taking the Dharma Realm as its scope, the Pureland Dzogchen aims to disseminate the genuine teachings of the Buddha throughout the world. Pureland Dzogchen is dedicated to preserving the Sangha tradition by guiding lay people who wish to study Buddhism, by promoting education that instills in students a moral foundation and ethical behavior, and by bringing benefit and happiness to all beings. Its hope is that individuals, families, the society, the nation, and the entire world will, under the transforming influence of the Buddhadharma, gradually reach the state of ultimate truth and goodness.

  • Credo

    Freezing to death, we do not scheme.
    Starving to death, we do not beg.
    Dying of poverty, we ask for nothing.
    According with conditions, we do not change.
    Not changing, we accord with conditions.
    We adhere firmly to our three great principles.

    We renounce our lives to do the Buddha's work.
    We take the responsibility to mold our own destinies.
    We rectify our lives as the Sangha's work.
    Encountering specific matters,
    we understand the principles.
    Understanding the principles,
    we apply them in specific matters.
    We carry on the single pulse of the patriarchs' mind-transmission.

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