We can all be bound up by life's big questions: where did we come from, where are we going, and why are we here? In Endless Knot, Venerable Master Hsing Yun unravels such questions to reveal the teachable wisdom at their core: How can we protect life and help it grow? How can we prepare for death, and what lessons can we learn from it? What can we do so that our lives become meaningful, joyful, and beneficial to all living beings? Equal parts Buddhist tradition and modern-day pragmatism, Master Hsing Yun reflects on these questions and more in a down-to-earth, conversational style. Endless Knot is sure to provide you with gentle words and some new ideas to carry along with you on your path.
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.