Being Good invites readers to consider what it means to lead a good life.

A good idea can go a long way, and the best ideas can set us free.

A guided tour of the most essential aspects of Buddhist wisdom and how they can be applied in our own lives and practice.

  • Taking initiative is like boiling water: one must add fuel continuously for the water to boil.
  • Practicing is like walking: one must watch each step for the action to be correct.
  • Taking initiative and practicing are the main ingredients for a successful career.

Gathered here is an ever-expanding collection of Master Hsing Yun’s writings in English, encompassing books, talks, articles, letters, and other writings across Master Hsing Yun’s prolific career as a Buddhist teacher and author.

For those who are learning about Buddhism for the first time, the book The Core Teachings is a good place to start, or browse the collection of Master Hsing Yun’s talks for specific topics of interest.

Additional resources, such as a Buddhist glossary and a list of Buddhist sutras and commentaries with titles in English, Chinese, and Sanskrit, are also provided to help readers study and learn from these teachings.

In the News

  • The New York Times: A Buddhist Leader on China’s Spiritual Needs: Q&A With Master Hsing Yun.
  • What are the spiritual needs of ordinary Chinese people nowadays? How can Fo Guang Shan satisfy their spiritual needs?

    I offer people what they want. I think, in the secular world, they want money and love. But they also need peace, safety and happiness. In this regard I offer them encouragement, truth and transcendence. By influencing them, I make them relieved both physically and mentally, unrestrained and stable. [Read More…]

  • The New York Times: Is a Buddhist Group Changing China? Or Is China Changing It?
  • YIXING, China — For most of her life, Shen Ying was disappointed by the world she saw around her. She watched China’s economic rise in this small city in the Yangtze River Valley, and she found a foothold in the new middle class, running a convenience store in a strip mall. Yet prosperity felt hollow.
    She worried about losing her shop if she didn’t wine and dine and pay off the right officials. Recurring scandals about unsafe food or tainted infant formula made by once-reputable companies upset her. She recalled the values her father had tried to instill in her — honesty, thrift, righteousness — but she said there seemed no way to live by them in China today.
    “You just feel disappointed at some of the dishonest conduct in society,” she said.
    Then, five years ago, a Buddhist organization from Taiwan called Fo Guang Shan, or Buddha’s Light Mountain, began building a temple in the outskirts of her city, Yixing. She began attending its meetings and studying its texts — and it changed her life. [Read More…]

  • CNTV News: An exclusive interview with Master Hsing Yun during the World Buddhism Forum in East China’s Wuxi. Exclusive: Buddhist precepts help harmony in world

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