Chapter three:A reliable master across many fields

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Shi Huikong     Time:2015-04-09 16:25:11
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Master Xuecheng is very busy because he assumes dozens of different positions. He works responsibly and efficiently, never wasting even a second. He considers dealing with complicated people, matters, and events as his solemn duty, not a burden.

In October 1993, Master was elected Deputy Secretary-General of BAC. During his tenure, whenever he attended domestic conferences or paid visits abroad, he always modestly took care of the elder masters together with him. Through observation, he never failed to learn how to conduct himself properly, how to cultivate the mind through real life encounters and how to help living beings. 


In December 1995, Master was appointed President of Buddhist Academy of Fujian Province. 


In January 1998, Master became a member of the Standing Committee of the 8th Fujian Political Consultative Conference.


In October 1998, Master was elected President of the Fujian Buddhist Association and assumed the posts of Consultant for the journal of Fujian Religion, and Chief Editor of the journal of Fujian Buddhism. 


On February 28th, 2001, during the 12th Session of the 9th Standing Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Master was added as a member of CPPCC. 


On September 16th, 2002, at the 7th National Representatives Conference of BAC, Master was elected as Vice President and Secretary-General of BAC, while holding the position of Chief Editor for the journal the Voice of Dharma. Master, then aged 36, was the youngest among the new leaders of the Association. For all this, Master responded, "I am grateful to those venerable masters for the trust they placed in me. I will devote myself to our goals and assist the President of the Association." Master has always lived up to his promises over the years. 



Attending the 7th National Representatives Conference of BAC. September 16th, 2002

On March 13th, 2003, Master was elected as a member of the 10th National Committee of CPPCC.
On January 16th, 2004, Master was appointed as Abbot of Famen Monastery in Fufeng County, Shaanxi Province.


On March 13th, 2004, Master took office as Deputy Secretary-General of the 2nd Session of China Committee on Religion and Peace. 


On August 20th, 2004, Master assumed the position of Deputy Director of the Guiding Committee of Academic Titles of Tibetan Buddhism. He was the only monk in the committee from the Han ethnic group.

On April 11th, 2005, Master was appointed as Abbot of Longquan Monastery, Haidian District, Beijing. 

In July 2005, Master was elected as a member of the Theory Research Council for China's United Front.

In September 2005, Master was elected as Vice President at the 2nd Session of the Youth Federation of the Central Government Departments and also became the honorary President of the Buddhist Association of Shaanxi Province. 


On December 18th, 2006, Master was elected as Deputy Director at the 5th Session of the Chinese Association of Religious Studies. Upon assuming the position, he said, "We hope that people in academic communities and Buddhist circles will work together to create harmony in our society by fulfilling their own duties."


On January 8th, 2007, Master became Chief Vice President of Buddhist Academy of China and Director of the Museum of Buddhist Books and Cultural Heritage. When he assumed the position, Master solemnly pledged, "Buddhist Academy of China works to facilitate the future development of Buddhism, training monastics of high quality. It is fair to say that the rise and fall, the future and destiny of Buddhism in China rests, to a large degree, upon the development of Buddhist Academy of China. Being elected to this post, it is my sacred duty to make due contribution. I will assume this role although my ability is far from sufficient and I will take this responsibility as an opportunity to modestly learn from all of you."


On June 10th, 2007, Master was granted an Honorary PhD in Educational Administration from Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University of Thailand.


On November 2nd, 2007, Master was elected as a member of the 4th Council of the United Nations Association of the People's Republic of China. 


In December 2007, Master became President of Famen Monastery Buddhist Academy. 


On January 13th, 2008, Master was elected as the First Deputy Director-General of the International Association of Buddhist Universities.


On March 13th, 2008, Master was elected as a member of the National Standing Committee at the 11th Session of CPPCC.


On April 10th, 2008, Master was elected as Vice President at the 3rd Session of the Youth Federation of the Central Government Departments.


On April 23rd, 2009, Master was elected as Vice President at the 8th Session of the Chinese People's Association for Peace and Disarmament. 


On April 24th, 2009, Master was elected as Council member at the 10th Session of the Chinese Association for International Understanding.


On July 25th, 2009, Master was elected as Council member of China Social Assistance Foundation.
On September 10th, 2009, Master was elected as Secretary-General of the 3rd Session of China Committee on Religion and Peace. 


On September 24th, 2009, Master was elected as Council member of the 8th Session of China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification.


On February 3rd, 2010, Master was elected as Vice President in Executive of BAC (to assist the president) at the 8th National Buddhist Representatives Conference.


On February 23rd, 2010, in Dacca, the Bangladesh Buddha Kristi Prochar Sangha granted Master the Atisha Dipankar & Visuddhananda Peace Gold Award for his remarkable contributions in the field of religion. 


On July 17th, 2010, Master was invited to be Consultant of China Research Society for Urban Development and Consultant for the Medium and Small-Sized City Development Committee.


On August 26th, 2010, Master became Vice President of the 11th All-China Youth Federation.


On November 23rd, 2010, Master was elected Vice President of the 4th Session of the Youth Federation of the Central Government Departments.


On December 27th, 2010, Master was invited to be Vice President of the Institute for Advanced Study of the Humanities and Religion at Beijing Normal University.


On November 21st, 2011, Master received a Doctoral Degree of Tripitaka Mahapandit from the Sangha Council of All India Bhikshu Maha Sangha at Bodh Gaya, the sacred shrine where Buddha attained enlightenment.


On May 11th, 2012, Master was elected as executive Council member of the Chinese Association for International Understanding at the Association's 3rd Plenary Session of the 10th Council Meeting.


On June 7th, 2012, Master was appointed as a part-time research fellow by the Institute of Religion and Law Study, China University of Political Science and Law. 


On September 21st, 2012, Master was appointed as an academic advisor for the Research Center of Han and Tibetan Buddhist Studies School of Guoxue (Chinese Classics), Renmin University of China (term of appointment: 3 years).


On December 9th, 2012, Master was appointed as a part-time professor and council member of the Institute for Advanced Study of the Humanities and Religion, Beijing Normal University.


On March 12th, 2013, Master was elected as a member of the 12th Standing Committee of CPPCC.


On January 17th, 2014, Master was appointed as an honorary professor by the Institute of Chinese Ancient Civilization of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.


On February 19th, 2014, Master was elected as the Vice Chairman of China Religious Culture Communication Association.


Master is very busy because he assumes dozens of different positions. Handling everything in an orderly and organized way, Master bases his methods on the principle of differentiating issues according to their nature, whether it is something general or particular, fundamental or non-fundamental, and in accordance with their importance and urgency. He works responsibly and efficiently, never wasting even a second. He considers dealing with complicated people, matters, and events as his solemn duty, not a burden. He once said, "I give 30% of my concern to the present issues and 70% to things in the future. Therefore, the current affairs, having already been considered beforehand, do not need too much attention; I must look ahead at the upcoming things while finishing up today's things. I never put off till tomorrow what should be done today. People tend to be lazy. Laziness has three expressions: reluctance to change by holding on to old habits, seeking excuses for shirking duties, and evading responsibilities. We should motivate ourselves and overcome laziness in ourselves."


Master told his attendant one November morning in 2005, when the sharira of Buddha's finger enshrined in Famen Monastery was escorted to Korea for worshipping, "Yesterday's meeting lasted until 1 o'clock this morning and after that I kept thinking about things. As head of the delegation, I am supposed to be clear-minded for things in all aspects. Those who are committed to shoulder the spread of Buddha's Teachings work around the clock." 

Once, he worked overnight revising a speech, which was to be delivered at a conference to be held in Japan. He spent hours rewriting the speech over and over again. 

Master once said with a smile, "I go back and forth between the BAC, Longquan Monastery, Guanghua Monastery and Famen Monastery." To promote Buddha's Teachings, one could hardly keep on without having strong will and great compassion. Master’s example shows a sense of responsibility and mission.  

Master is often heard saying, "One who is unattached does not fear; One who is selfless does not worry." He is always being amiable and kind, free and at ease like the drifting clouds and flowing water. He has never been disturbed by numerous affairs, whether in a quiet monastery or in a clamorous city. His mind dwells in precepts, concentration and wisdom, and therefore, is full of light, purity and happiness, a natural manifestation of his Bodhicitta. "It is just like the lotus flower shooting up from the water without getting wet, and the sun and the moon making their appearance in the blue void without being constrained by it." When asked how to cultivate this state of mind, Master replied, "Contain yourself; never vent your anger on others; never repeat a fault; reflect on yourself frequently; be considerate and try to put yourself in other's positions."

Editor:Catherine
Tags:Ven. Master Xuecheng

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