World’s Famous Bhikkhunis
Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Ming Yu
President of the Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards (OWBA), Honorary President of the Chinese Character Education Promotion Association, Deputy President of the World Alliance of Buddhists (WAB) and Chairman of Women Development Committee, The Former President of Chinese Young Buddhist Association in Taiwan (CYBA), Vice of President International Women Meditation Center Foundation, International Chairman & Coordinator of Mahasanghadana in Taiwan, Founder of First Merits Goodness Awards Taiwan and Other Countries & Dignified Adviser of Mettavalokanaya International Buddhist Magazine and Bhikkhunis International Buddhist Magazine
Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Ming Yu was born in Taipei, Taiwan on 1967. Now she is 57 years old. As a Taiwanese Bhikkhuni, she ordained from Most Venerable Senior Master Miao Feng on January 07, 2006 at New York, USA. As a well reputation Bhikkhuni in the world, Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Ming Yu handling many positions in the worldwide as the President of the Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards (OWBA), Honorary President of the Chinese Character Education Promotion Association, Deputy President of the World Alliance of Buddhists (WAB) and Chairman of Women Development Committee, The Former President of Chinese Young Buddhist Association in Taiwan (CYBA), Vice of President International Women Meditation Center Foundation, International Chairman & Coordinator of Mahasanghadana in Taiwan, Founder of First Merits Goodness Awards Taiwan and Other Countries & Dignified Adviser of Mettavalokanaya International Buddhist Magazine and Bhikkhunis International Buddhist Magazine.
Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Longmen Kaishan
The Chief Abbot – Golden Dragon Mountain, Falun Chan Temple, Huiguang Qianshou Guanyin Temple, South Putuo Yuantong Temple, Yuantong Puxian Culture and Education Foundation, Chairman – Kaohsiung Huazang Academy of Buddhist Studies, Founding Director – Huiguang Charity Foundation Club, Huiguang Materials Terminal & Guanyin Nursing Club
Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Longmen (Kaishan), The Chief Abbot – Golden Dragon Mountain, Falun Chan Temple, Huiguang Qianshou Guanyin Temple, South Putuo Yuantong Temple, Yuantong Puxian Culture and Education Foundation, Chairman – Kaohsiung Huazang Academy of Buddhist Studies, Founding Director – Huiguang Charity Foundation Club, Huiguang Materials Terminal & Guanyin Nursing Club, established the world’s first Buddhist Food Bank in Pingtung, Taiwan. The Social Affairs Department of Pingtung County Government, is helping to integrate the resources of the charity in the county, advocating the charity and socialization, and helping the urgently needed people in need of assistance to avoid overlapping resources and uneven distribution of resources. Therefore, began to organize the “Pingtung County Charity Association”. The implementation of the social welfare policy of the county government has contributed to the vision of “Happy Pingtung”. The Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Longmen took refuge in Dharma at an early age. She enjoyed reading the sutras, and this offset the suffering which she experienced as her family was quite poor. The sutras and family poverty proved fertile ground for her to later become a Bhikkhuni with great compassionate response to those in need of basic necessities. She took refuge in the Sangha and relied upon Venerable Haiyuen with whom she ordained. Then she created Sangha.
Most Venerable Senior Bhikkhuni Dr. Jian Hui
The Chief Abbess – Yuan Dao Chan Monastery
Most Venerable Senior Bhikkhuni Dr. Jian Hui is the Chief Abbess of Yuan Dao Chan Monastery. I was trained under the Venerable Monk Weijue following the Linchi Ch’an school of thought. I’ve studied for more than 20 years in order to further my knowledge understanding of Buddhist sutras. With Buddha’s teachings as the foundation, I have been interpreting Buddhism from a diversified perspective by integrating managerial, pedagogical, psychological, anthropological, philosophical, and scientific approaches with the ultimate goal of kindling general populace ’s appreciation of Buddha’s wisdom. In response to modern preferences concerning self-learning, I established a cloud-based group-learning platform designed to assist me in promoting Mahayana sutras such as Huayan Sutra (Sanskrit: The Avatamsaka Sutra) and Shurangama Sutra with the hopes of helping everyone deeply connect with the source of the teachings and develop wisdom as profound as the ocean. Every spring and autumn, I host the Seven Day Shurangama Meditation Retreat. With the Shurangama Sutra as the foundation of meditation, I lead Buddhist students to practice the three teachings of precepts, concentration, and wisdom according to the Linji Ch’an school of thought. When not partaking in such activities, I am currently in the process of establishing the International Meditation Center in Zhi-Ben of Tai-Dong district in order to guide more people to experience Mahayana Meditation. I educated at National Kaohsiung Normal University, PhD of Adult Education, Chung Tai Buddhist Institute, Master of Buddhism, University of Sydney, Australia, Master of Management (Strategic Management & Organizational Analysis), National Taiwan University, Anthropology
Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Yen Ding
Founder of Auspicious World Promoting the Physical and Mental Health Education
Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Yen Ding, The Founder of Auspicious World Promoting the Physical and Mental Health Education, Born on March 1, 1951, Venerable Bhikkhuni Yen Ding earned her Nursing degree at Corning Nursing School, and her Buddhist degree at Kaiyan Zen College. From the stillness of a silent bright mind, she has illuminated the lives of millions offering improved health and well-being. She excelled at and integrated health care approaches and direct application of Buddhist teachings to alleviate human suffering. She provided health care services as a nurse for 5 years, and then became the Supervisor of the Buddhist College for one year. In 2004, she established the “Auspicious Guangyu Detoxification & Purification Center to help monastics and laity detox and achieve excellent health. She then began organizing detoxification courses in Southeast Asia. In 2008, she established the Lianhua Yuan Life & Health Center in Puli, Taiwan to train monastics and laity about holistic health. Next, she shared her teachings with Santi-Asoke of Thailand, and subsequently detoxification programs entered the grassroots and spread throughout Thailand. By 2012, Venerable Bhikkhuni Yen Ding established the Auspicious World Life Health Education Center in Yangmingshan, Taipei, which integrates: ancient and modern, Eastern and Western natural therapies, religious medicine, biochemical technologies, energy medicine, diet and nutrition approaches, and other healthcare knowledge and technologies. She simplified complicated medical science in order to easily apply it to everyday life in order to enhance the body’s self-healing power. Thus, she empowers every one of us to take care of his/her health and be one’s own doctor.
Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Sheng Hua
Chief Abbes of Pu Tuo Shan Temple in Taiwan and Cambodia
Most Venerable Master Bhikkhuni Shih Sheng Hua – Chief Abbes of Pu Tuo Shan Temple in Taiwan and Cambodia, President of China International Pu Tuo Shan and Putuoshan Temple in Shulin District of New Taipei City, Taiwan / Putuoshan Monastery in Tongluo, Taiwan / Putuoshan International Association / Putuoshan Monastery in Cambodia / Putuoshan Minghua Care Center in Cambodia was born in Changhua, Taiwan in 1955 and was given the name Zhuang Liangshu. When she was young, her family was extremely poor. Her father was a miner, and her family lived in a dilapidated house made of earthen bricks. A suitcase they found served as the family’s closet. At age 5 or 6 she scavenged for pieces of coal or scraps. She only wanted to earn money to help her family, even though children of the same age played freely. Her family was so poor that they did not have money to buy food. She couldn’t go to school, so she hid outside the classroom door to listen to the teachers teach their classes. The children at the school were very kind to her and often brought bread and milk for her to take home. None of this stopped her from building three monasteries and two educational charities: Putuoshan Temple in Shulin District of New Taipei City, Taiwan / Putuoshan Monastery in Tongluo, Taiwan / Putuoshan International Association / Putuoshan Monastery in Cambodia / Putuoshan Minghua Care Center in Cambodia. In fact, her deep understanding of her childhood coupled with life benefactors, positive people who arose in her life, allowed her to enter into a spacious domain of trust and make the journey from survival, to thriving, to flourishing and led many disciples on the transformative journey as well.In her youth, Mr. Jiang Shixi, a teacher at the school befriended her, and helped her to receive an elementary school diploma.
Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Yang Li
Chief Abbes of Pu Tuo Shan Temple in Taiwan and Cambodia
Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Yang Li of China is the Abbess of Pau Chi Temple. She is the 50th successor of the Caodong sect of Zen and is the first Bhikkhuni Abbess of the Cao Shan Temple in its thousand-year history. She was born into a Buddhist family in the ancient city of Changan which has a deep Buddhist root. She began learning the art of acupuncture from her ancestors when she was only 4 years old and started treating and helping patients when she was just a child. As a laywoman, she was devoted to undertaking charity work. Since 1986, she served as the Acting-Deputy Director General of the Hong Kong Gracious Glory Foundation. During this time, she devoted herself to medical charity work. She once raised 50 million dollars for the treatment of persons with congenital heart disease. She cured 1093 persons. Also, she enabled those living in remote areas to receive vaccinations for infectious diseases. She travelled to the Gannan area of Tibet to equip all the doctors with motorcycles and refrigerators for the vaccines and gave them money each month for gasoline. As a result, the herdsmen and women were able to receive basic vaccinations for the first time in their lives and the incidence of infectious diseases drastically declined. After ordination, she took refuge in Venerable Yi-Chan in order to follow the Wei-Yang sect lineage and strove to revive the thousand year-old Zen Temple. She rebuilt the monastery, hung the bell in the Zen hall, and practiced meditation in the Cao Shan tradition. She established the Caodong Buddhist Institute to educate faithful monastics with Buddhist scriptures. She developed Zushi Zen with an emphasis on both Zen Literature and Zen Farming. She re-established the precepts for the ancient temple and enabled the Caodong lineage, which has the most followers in the world, to shine in solemn and sacred glory once again.