Dharma Master Chi Hoi (“Ocean of Wisdom”) was born in 1926 in a village near Beijing. At the age of seventeen he was initiated at Chi Fu Monastery, in the Hong Luo Mountains north of Beijing. For three years, Chi Hoi learned the teachings of the Pure Land school and practiced the “recitation of Amitabha Buddha.” In 1944 he entered a Buddhist academy in Beijing to study literature, history, and logic in addition to religion. Chi Hoi then learned the Buddhist doctrines of the Tien-t’ai school from the venerable Master Tan Shu in Hong Kong’s Southern China Buddhist Academy between 1952 and 1962. He was later appointed the forty-fifth dharma successor of the Tien-t’ai school. He also studied the Abidharma-kosa-bhasya and Mind-only theory at Hong Kong’s Nai Ming Academy since 1962. Chi Hoi’s philosophical perspective is based on the fundamental principles of both the Pure Land and the Tien-t’ai schools; his approach to enlightenment likewise combines the faith and devotion to Amitabha Buddha espoused by the former and the one vehicle teaching and emphasis on meditation from the latter.
In 1967 Dharma Master Chi Hoi came to the United States to preach Buddhism and in 1972, founded the Buddhist Wisdom Lecture Hall of Fo Shan Monastery in San Francisco. Chi Hoi devotes his time not only to writing Buddhist literature, but also to traveling around the world to lecture on various sutras as well as Buddhist philosophy. Master Chi Hoi wishes to introduce Buddhism to all, and to bring harmony and serenity to the modern mind.
Brief Introduction of Master Chi Hoi
Foshan Temple Tiantai Chanjing College Daxiong Baodian
San Francisco Foshan Temple Ban Ruo Lecture Hall
The Chi Fu Monastery of the Hong Luo Mountains
Renamed Hong Luo Monastery, this monastery is situated in the Huai Ro district of present day Beijing. An ancient monastery dating back to the Sui and T’ang Dynasties, it is renowned as the hall of practice of the twelfth patriarch of China’s Pure Land School, venerable Master Tsou Wu. In recent years the venerable Master In Kwong (the thirteenth patriarch) studied and practiced there.
In the Hong Lou tradition, the way to recite Amitabha Buddha’s name is summarized by these four phrases:
Three chants of Amitabha in every breath,
Each note lower than the last in pitch,
Clearly chant, clearly listen, clearly hold,
Then countless sins will truly be wiped away.
The Great Hall of Worship is dedicated to the Three Rulais
Grand Hall of
San Francisco, CA.94122, U.S.A.