Master Hua

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Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

One of the most eminent Chinese Buddhist masters of the twentieth century, the Venerable
Master Hsüan Hua (Xuanhua,1918-1995) was a monastic reformer and the first Chinese master
to teach Buddhism to large numbers of Westerners. During his long career he emphasized the
primacy of the monastic tradition, the essential role of moral education, the need for Buddhists
to ground themselves in traditional spiritual practice and authentic scripture, and the importance
of respect and understanding among religions. To attain these goals, he focused on clarifying
the essential principles of the Buddha’s original teachings, on establishing a properly ordained
monastic community, on organizing and supporting the translation of the Buddhist canon into
English and other languages, and on the establishment of schools, religious training programs,
and programs of academic research and teaching.
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