|Venerable Hui Chuan Shih|
Venerable Hui Chuan (His-Shen, Fang)was born in a Buddhist family in Taiwan. His grandfather, aunt and brother are in the Monastery. Under these influences, in 1988 he began his monkhood in Fo-Guang Shan under Master Hsing Yun.
He was the Vice president of Pu-Meng High School in Taiwan, Vice President of Taipei Buddhist Monk College, Executor of Young Adult Divisions of BLIA (Buddhist Light International Association), Abbot of Hsi Lai Temple in Los Angelos, CA., council member of Fo-Guang Shan North America and Vice President of the Merit Times, a daily newspaper published in English and Chinese. Currently, he is holding the following positions, Chairman of Fo Guang Shan Domestic Supervisory Council, BLIA World Headquarters Deputy Secretary General, and BLIA World Headquarters Young Adult Division Director.
"Education to foster talent, Culture to Propagate the Dharma, Charity to benefit society and Dharma Services to purify human minds", these are the four principal missions that Ven Hui-Chuan follows to spread the seeds of Humanistic Buddhism. He travels around the world to give lectures, his proficiency in lecturing and articulation won much recognition around the globe. His enthusiasm in going out in the community to offer service benefited many as well. As the Abbot of His Lai Temple in Los Angelos, he held speeches and ceremonies draws large audiences. Through numerous activities, many of the participants have become closer to Buddhist beliefs.