A Brief Introduction to Venerable Master Yin Shun
Venerable Master Yin Shun is the Dharma successor of the late Venerable Master Benhuan and the 45th successor of the Linji School of Chinese Chan Buddhism. Besides being a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Vice President of the Buddhist Association of China, President of the Buddhist Association of Hainan Province, Honorary President of the Buddhist Association of Hubei, President of the Buddhist Association of Shenzhen, currently, he also serves as the abbot of a number of temples including Hongfa Temple in Shenzhen, Nanshan Temple in Sanya, the Chinese Temple in Nepal and President of the Benhuan Academy & Nanhai Academy of Buddhism. Venerable Master Yin Shun also holds the title of top adviser to the Cambodia-China Friendship Association and medal of honor winner of the Grand-Order-of-National-Merit of Cambodia. In view of his exemplary Buddhist practice, achievements in the promotion of Buddhist teachings and outstanding contributions to the cultural exchanges between Chinese and international Buddhist communities, the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej bestowed on him the title of "Supreme Chinese Monk".
Venerable Master Yin Shun is a champion of both Buddhist practice and learning. Having delved into the study of Buddhist scriptures and doctrines, he is extraordinarily knowledgeable and eloquent. Especially as a disciple of Chan Buddhism, his extensive and profound knowledge in the discipline informs his own practice and teachings. In addition to his own Buddhist practice, Venerable Master Yin Shun has sought to engage with the general public through speeches and books. He has also published a number of academic papers that have caught the attention of both the teachers and learners of Buddhism. Venerable Master Yin Shun has written and published a number of books including Hongfa Library, Rituals and Practices of Chinese Buddhism, Platform Construction of Humanistic Buddhism, Master Xu Yun and Mount Jizu Buddhism and An Explanation of the Vajracchedika Prajna paramita Sutra. He has also been invited to give a series of public lectures on such forums and platforms as Phoenix Television, which have produced profound and pervasive social impact.
In the area of temple management, while always adhering to Chinese Buddhist traditions, Venerable Master Yin Shun has been keen to leverage the useful techniques of modern management practices and actively explore an ideal model for the survival and development of Buddhist monasteries in the modern age. He formulated the policy of "regarding the precepts as one's teacher, taking a people-oriented approach, managing the temple with rules and establishing the practice of Buddhism as the mainstay". He has committed himself to the development of "humanistic Buddhism", a vision that he hopes to realize through the establishment of a platform of Buddhist teaching, built around the practice of Buddhist ethics and on the spirit of philanthropy and Buddhist culture, that wields influence across the Pearl River Delta, both sides of the Taiwan Strait and even around the world. Under the care and custody of Venerable Master Yin Shun, Hongfa Temple has continued to grow, and evolved into an exemplar for Chinese Buddhism, a most dynamic urban Buddhist monastery and a bridge that connects the Buddhist communities from across the Taiwan Strait and the world over.
Venerable Master Yin Shun regards Buddhist education and the promotion of Buddhism as a top priority. He founded the Benhuan Academy and Nanhai Academy of Buddhism with the conscious aim of cultivating Buddhist talent and preserving Buddhist teachings. The two academies have established strong cooperative relationships with Peking University, University of Cambridge, University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka and other institutions of higher learning at home and abroad.
Venerable Master Yin Shun's love for his country and Buddhism is evident. He has actively responded to the call of the Belt and Road Initiative and taken on the mission of promoting Chinese Buddhism and culture. Venerable Master Yin Shun has visited Southeast Asian countries on many occasions during which he actively engaged in philanthropic work in local communities including flood & disaster relief, donation to schools and the building of hospitals, restoration of historical relics, and etc. His "Return to Light" campaign in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Cambodia has helped thousands of locals regain vision. He has also received praise from UNESCO for his donations to the cause of restoring Nepal's Boudha Stupa - a UNESCO World Heritage.
From 2016 to 2018, he founded and then hosted three South China Sea Buddhism Shenzhen Round-table in a row, which saw Buddhist leaders and religion & culture department officials from more than 20 nations come together to advocate mutual assistance and support, uplifting people through compassion, resolving conflicts with wisdom and promoting peace through good deeds. The Round-table also witnessed the signing of the South China Sea Buddhism Shenzhen Declaration and the establishment of an annual dialogue mechanism among others. From 2015 to 2019, Venerable Master Yin Shun hosted the "Religious Leaders Dialogue" during the Boao Forum for Asia five years in a row. He has made positive contributions to strengthening in-depth cultural exchanges between countries and promoting people-to-people exchanges, for which Venerable Master Yin Shun has also received widespread praise from the governments and religious communities of a host of nations.