A Profile of Venerable Master Xuecheng

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2017-09-14 23:43:37
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Born in Xianyou, Fujian in 1966, Ven. Master Xuecheng entered the monastic life at Guanghua Monastery in Putian, Fujian in 1982. Later, he received his tonsure from Ven. Master Dinghai, and followed Ven. Master Yuanzhuo in the study and practice of Buddhism.Ven. Master Xuecheng graduated with doctorate degree from Buddhist University and received many honors within and beyond the Buddhist community. He has dedicated his effort to the exploration of five areas: preaching the Buddha’s teachings in today’s language, expanding existing Buddhist monastic orders and establishing new ones, cultivating talents in both the Sangha and the laity, developing Buddhist charity and social welfare projects, and engaging Buddhism in international cultural exchange.

Ven. Master Xuecheng was born in Xianyou County, Fujian Province in 1966. In 1982, he entered the monastic life at Guanghua Monastery in Putian, Fujian. Later, he received his tonsure from Ven. Master Dinghai, and followed Ven. Master Yuanzhuo in the study and practice of  Buddhism. Xuecheng graduated from the Buddhist Academy of China with a master’s degree in 1991. In 2007, he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in Educational Administration from the Maha chulalongkorn rajavidyalaya University of Thailand. He received the prestigious Atisha Dipankar Peace Gold Award in 2010. In 2017, he received an honorary doctorate degree from Taisho University of Japan.

He currently serves as President of the Buddhist Association of China, President of Buddhist Academy of China, President of the Fujian Buddhist Association, Abbot of Guanghua Monastery in Putian, Fujian, Abbot of Famen Monastery in Fufeng, Shaanxi, and Abbot of Beijing Longquan Monastery. Other positions currently held by Ven. Master Xuecheng include Member of the Standing Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Executive Vice President of China Committee on Religion and Peace, and Vice President of the Institute for Advanced Study of Humanities and Religion at Beijing Normal University.

Ven. Master Xuecheng is well versed in the Buddhist Tripitaka, namely the three collections of sutra, Vinaya, and treatises. The master is particularly proficient in the studies of the Vinaya disciplines and the Abhidharma teachings of both Theravada and Mahayana traditions. He is a prolific writer who tirelessly expounds on scriptures, an exemplary teacher who diligently upholds the precepts, and a problem solver who puts Buddhist teachings into practice with wisdom. 


For years, Ven. Master Xuecheng has dedicated his effort to the exploration of five areas: preaching the Buddha’s teachings in today’s language, expanding existing Buddhist monastic orders and establishing new ones, cultivating talents in both the Sangha and the laity, developing Buddhist charity and social welfare projects, and engaging Buddhism in international cultural exchange. While actively taking on social responsibility, he focuses on the comprehensive promotion of Buddhism in today’s world, with his deep and far-reaching influence reverberating within and beyond the Buddhist community. 


In the monasteries that Ven. Master Xuecheng presides over, exemplified by Beijing Longquan Monastery, traditional monastic rules and precepts are integrated with a modern management system; both the Sangha and laypeople are educated and guided, with the Sangha leading the effort in upholding the precepts and the laypeople following the Sangha. The monastery has become a new and modern Buddhist center that spreads positive energy to society and has great influence both at home and abroad.


Ven. Master Xuecheng initiated the Beijing Ren Ai Charity Foundation, which aims at spreading charitable spirit and providing poverty relief. With programs including educational aid, disaster relief, charitable porridge, care for the aged, a listening hotline and more. The Foundation has had a beneficial impact on society and received many honors and awards, including “Beijing Model Base of Class 5A Social Organization,” and “Best Social Welfare Organization” from the China Social Welfare Festival Organizing Committee.


Ven. Master Xuecheng places great importance on transmitting Buddhist culture via modern media. Not only did he launch the Voice of Longquan, a website disseminating traditional culture in five languages, but also he opened a multilingual microblog in sixteen languages, and three WeChat platforms—Voice of Longquan, Longquan Animation, and Longquan International (LQI). These efforts are trend leaders in the modern dissemination of Buddhist culture, allowing its vast and profound wisdom to be shared with the world via a channel much favored by the masses.


On behalf of the Chinese Buddhist and religious communities, Ven. Master Xuecheng has made many trips abroad for international exchanges. He gave inspiring and constructive speeches on many important occasions of friendly international exchange, such as the World Conference on Religion and Peace, United Nations Day of Vesak, Boao Forum, and Conference for Buddhist Friendly Exchange among China, Korea and Japan. He has been tireless in facilitating exchange and dialogue between different religions and cultures, and promoting the socialization and internationalization of Buddhism. All of these efforts have been highly regarded by the international Buddhist community and people from all walks of life around the world. In 2007, he was conferred an honorary doctorate degree in Educational Administration from Maha chulalongkorn rajavidyalaya University of Thailand. He was awarded the honorary title of “Tripitaka Maha Pandit” (Dr. of Tripitaka) by the Sangha Council of All India Bhikshu Maha Sangha in 2011.


Based on his systemization of the development patterns of Eastern and Western civilizations and in light of the various social ills, Ven. Master Xuecheng actively promotes the concept of “the Mental Culture” in order to lend a helping hand to the formation of a new ideology for humanity. 





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