釋星雲 HSIN YUN (b.1927)

Born in in Jiangsu province in China. Hsing Yun is a Chinese Buddhist monk and the founder of the Fo Guang Shan, a large new religious movement, as well as the affiliated Buddha's Light International Association. Hsing Yun is known for his "Humanistic Buddhism" philosophy employed by the Fo Guang Shan order, which utilizes Buddhism to fit the needs of a modern world. He has opened monasteries, universities and schools around the world as well as engaging in religious dialogue amongst other Buddhist sects and religious faiths. In Taiwan, Hsing Yun is notable for his activity in political affairs, particularly on the One-China policy as well as government legislation supported by the Kuomintang, and is often criticized for his views by those in favor of Taiwan independence and religious figures. He was a figure of interest during the 1996 United States campaign finance controversy involving then-U.S. Vice President Al Gore and a visit to Hsi Lai Temple, the U.S. branch of Hsing Yun's organization.

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