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Ven. Hai Tao

 

“I do not seek comfort for myself but only wish sentient beings would be away from sufferings.”

It’s a motto that Ven. Hai Tao truthfully abides by. Holding very dear the welfare of the country,

Buddhism and the sentient beings, Ven. Hai Tao has chosen to walk into the people,

engaging himself in the altruistic events and propagating Buddha’s teachings at home

and abroad from time to time. Though a Dharma successor of the T’ien-T’ai School,

yet Ven. Hai Tao views all traditions-Chinese, Tibetan or Southern Buddhism-equally,

because the liberating teaching is always where Ven. Hai Tao yearns for and where he

pleasingly gives his support.


  Ven. Hai Tao, resident in Taipei now, was born to a Huang family in Kaohsiung in 1958 and

graduated from the Department of Tourism at University of Chinese Culture in 1982.

  Although born in a family with folk religious tradition, Ven. Hai Tao dipped into Christianity

while at high school and had been devoted to it from then on to his college years.

After getting married, he made contact with Taoism while clawing out his own business

in the entangling human relationships.

  In 1991, by some chance, Ven. Hai Tao visited Huei Jih Hall, a monastery. Moved by

the serenity and benignity radiated from the face of the image of the Buddha, and

impressed by the easy manner of the monks and the profundity of Buddhist doctrines,

he thus took refuge there under the supervision of Ven. Fa Jen. Later, inspired by

Preceptor Yin Suen’s lofty ideal of Humanistic Buddhism, he vowed to become a monk in the future.

  In 1992, Ven. Hai Tao took Bodhisattva Precepts in Tsyr Yun Temple, Nantzu,

Kaohsiung. And in June 1993, he was substitutively tonsured by Ven. the Elder Chen Hua,

his grandteacher, and submitted himself to the guidance of Ven. Ju Hsu. He then received

full ordination from Ven. the Elder Chieh Te in Miao T’ung Temple, Liuguei, Kaohsiung,

in 1994, and had been shuttling between Huei Jih Hall and Wu Gung Temple in

Hengchun in the following two years.

  For ten years since his tonsure, Ven. Hai Tao had endeavored to advance

the recognition of the orthodox Buddhism among the public by means of TV,

broadcasting, lectures, pilgrimage, the Eight Precepts, life protection and release, and so on.

  In November 2002, under the sanction of Ven. the Elder Chueh Guang of Guan Tsung Temple,

Hong Kong, Ven. Hai Tao was bestowed the 47th Dharma successor of T’ien T’ai School, with

the mission to pass on the light of the Dharma and to relay Buddha’s teachings.

  In March 2005, Ven. Hai Tao left for Mainland China to present himself before

Great Monk Wu Dao of Huei Jih Zen Temple, Chanch’i, Ningpo, where he was given

the Dharma name “Chih Hai” (sea of wisdom). Praised as “Compassion King,”

Great Monk Wu Dao is a pillar of the Buddhist Order, who is versed in both Zen Buddhism

and Scriptural Buddhism and whose achievement in Zen, Pure Land, Tantric and Vinaya

(Discipline) School is surpassing. Having received the Dharma lineage from the two

great figures of T’ien T’ai School, Ven. Hai Tao now shoulders the promulgation of T’ien T’ai School.

  T’ien T’ai School is complete in both the doctrine and meditation, finely integrating

theory with practice, without fancy talk or futile practice. The T’ien T’ai thinking:

“For myself, emptiness is where I abide; for others, I shall be where the need is,

” not only epitomizes the Mahayana practice of benefiting self and others, liberating

self and others, but also reflects the spirit of integrating theory and practice of Buddhism,

which Ven. Hai Tao has endeavored to achieve.

  For the last few years, Ven. Hai Tao has been engaging in advocating the various

schools of Buddhism. Regardless of their different traditions, Ven. Hai Tao will always

give his earnest support to where the liberating teaching is being propagated.

  Buddha doesn’t seek comfort for himself but only wishes that all sentient beings

would be safe from sufferings, and Ven. Hai Tao follows suit: keeping the welfare 

of the country, Buddhism and the living beings in mind, he actively plunges himself into

the altruistic work, bustling in and out of the various organizations, schools, prisons, jails

and the overseas all the year round to fulfill his mission to promote life education.

  In the interests of spreading Buddhism more extensively, Ven. Hai Tao established

Center for Buddha’s Education, Chung Hua Sutra Printing Association, Chung Hua Love

for Life Association and Life TV, in the hope that through all the various channels of

Dharma propagation, the world harmony will be boosted, the society be instilled into

more pure thoughts, and the human mind be purified-the ways how Ven. Hai Tao

repays the society and benefits the living beings.

   Ven. Hai Tao currently assumes the following positions: 
    ‧President of Life Foundation 
    ‧Director of Life TV Station 
    ‧Head of the Centers for Buddha’s Education
    ‧Chairman of Chung Hua Sutra Printing Association 
    ‧Chairman of Chung Hua Love for Life Association
    ‧Chairman of Compassion Buddhist Music Communication Association 
    ‧Preceptor of Tainan Great Awakening Accord Society (a counseling institute in the prison) 
    ‧President of Malaysia Hai Tao Life Foundation 
    ‧School Preacher 
    ‧Honorary Preacher in the prisons, jails and Army Ming Te Instruction Squad 

 

 

 

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