The latest in Buddha's Light Publishing's ongoing series of minibooks, Essence of Buddhism puts the Buddha's teachings in the palm of your hand. Standing only four inches tall, this pocket-sized anthology of the popular Buddhism in Every Step series synthesizes Venerable Master Hsing Yun's talks on the Four Noble Truths, the unique characteristics of Buddhism, cause and effect, and time and space.Essence of Buddhism makes an excellent gift for the seeker in your life, or can serve as an on-the-go companion in a purse or a backpack to bring the Buddha's teachings with you wherever your journey leads.
Venerable Master Hsing Yun is a Chinese Buddhist monk, author, philanthropist, and founder of the Fo Guang Shan monastic order, which has branches throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Americas. Ordained at the age of twelve in Jiangsu Province, China, Master Hsing Yun has spent his over seventy years as a Buddhist monk building what he calls Humanistic Buddhism: Buddhism that meets the needs of people and is integrated into all aspects of life. In 1949, Master Hsing Yun came to Taiwan and began to nurture the new burgeoning Buddhist culture in Taiwan. He served as an editor and contributor to many Buddhist magazines and periodicals, authoring the daily columns "Between Ignorance and Enlightenment," "Dharma Words," and "Hsing Yun's Chan Talk," as well as starting his own Buddhist magazine, Awakening the World, in 1957, and the first daily Buddhist newspaper, the Merit Times, in 2000. Master Hsing Yun authored many important works including the Song of Silence, the Biography of Sakyamuni Buddha, and National Master Yulin. Master Hsing Yun also edited and sponsored the Fo Guang Encyclopedia, the most authoritative Buddhist reference work in the Chinese language. His contributions have reached as far as sponsoring Buddhist music and art, to creating Buddhist programming for television, radio, and the stage.