BLIA has continued to organize large-scale mind-purifying movements such as the Three Acts of Goodness (Say good words, do good deeds and have good intentions) and Seven Virtues Campaign (Say no to drugs, sex, violence, stealing, gambling, alcoholism, and coarse language) to help build a better and peaceful society. The association also co-organized the “Retrieve Your Heart” Charity Event with National Cultural Association, and initiated the Love and Compassion Campaign in 1997 with the objectives: “to purify human minds, rebuild moral ethics, regain the ability to know right or wrong, and pacify community”.
Venerable Grand Master Hsing Yun has always emphasized on education with the vision to propagate Buddhist teachings through cultural activities and foster talent through education.
He said “My duty is to fill the world with cheers and joys; to attain peace and fulfillment for others. Buddha founded Buddhism for human beings, and hence, Dharma flowed naturally in this world. We have not purposely proposed Dharma to others, but we just give happiness, confidence, hope and convenience”.
Master’s greatest hope is to seek world peace, contribute to Buddhism in China and build a world free of evil, lies or terror. “While freedom and democracy may be extremely valuable, peace, happiness and prosperity are even more important.”
Venerable Grand Master Hsing Yun took one step at a time in accomplishing his ideals, and Fo Guang Shan is now recognized as the Buddhist organization with the largest monastic community, largest lay devotees’ community, highest level of internationalization, most complete system of management, and also one that places the greatest focus on educational and cultural undertakings.
Following his vows, he took one step at a time in “Letting the Buddha’s light shine on the three thousand realms, and the stream of Dharma to flow across the Five Continents.”
His idea of “Humanistic Buddhism” is indeed a breakthrough of traditional concepts, thinking modes and methods, and also a grand project that leaps over old territories, old temple styles and conventional followers. For example:
• He established sixteen Buddhist colleges and fostered more than twelve hundred monastics, just like the twelve hundred bhiksus of Buddha’s time. It is also known to be the Buddhist order with the highest quality and global prospects in the world.
• Fo Guang Shan has more than two hundred branch temples (74 in Taiwan, 116 across the globe) and two million devotees worldwide.
• He established three universities in Taiwan. There are also more than fifty Chinese schools outside Taiwan
• He re-edited the Buddhist Canon and compiled the Buddhist sutras in modern language
• He established a publishing house, libraries, radio stations, Beautiful Life Television, Merit Times Daily News, nine Fo Guang Yuan Art Galleries and many more.
• He has brought Buddhism to every corner of society through the use of Buddhist chanting, art, calligraphy, the Sounds of the Human World Music Competition.
Fifty-seven years ago, a monk born in Yangzhou with no formal education or even a formal diploma came to Lei Yin Temple in Ilan, Taiwan. Fifty-seven years later (March, 2006), he gave a lecture in front of students at Yuelu Academy in Chang Sha, China. What he has long hoped for is to bring compassion, joy and harmony of Dharma to the people of the land that nurtured his buddha’s heart and great vows.