|Venerable Hsin Ting Shih / FoGuangShan Elder / Merit Times Publisher|
Venerable Hsin Ting is a Buddhist monk who served as the sixth abbot and director of Fo Guang Shan (aka: International Buddhist Progress Society) from 1997 to 2005. He served as acting abbot for three years after the sudden death of his predecessor, the Venerable Hsin Ping, in 1995. Ven. Hsin Ting currently serves as President of the Board of Director of Buddha's Light International Association, a 501 (c )( 3 ) non-profit organization registered in the state of California. According to Fo Guang Shan's order of precedence, Ven. Hsin Ting is the third highest monastic in the order after the late Ven. Hsin Ping. Ven. Hsin Ting is expected to succeed Grand Master Hsing Yun as the head teacher of Fo Guang Shan in the future.
Along with Ven. Hsin Ping, he is a forty-ninth lineage holder of the Linji Chan school. He was born into a family of farmers and grew up in Taiwan. In 1968, he became a monastic under Grand Master Hsing Yun and took full ordination the following year in Keelung. Hsin Ting graduated from the Eastern Buddhist College and the India Research Institute of the Chinese Cultural University. He further received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Fo Guang Shan-affiliated University of the West in Rosemead, California in 1998. The Venerable Hsin Ting is an American citizen.
As a monastic of Fo Guang Shan, Hsin Ting has held a variety of posts, such as the secretary of Fo Guang Shan's Religious Affairs Committee, the Managing Director of the Ilan Buddhist Society, abbot of Long Hua Temple in Malaysia, abbot of Hsi Lai Temple in California, and of Kaohsiung's Pu Hsien Temple, President of the American Buddhist Youth Association, and Vice President of Buddha's Light International Association of R.O.C.
Upon the sudden death of Master Hsing Yun's eldest disciple and abbot, Venerable Hsin Ping, Hsin Ting was immediately promoted to the said position, and served the rest of Hsin Ping's term until 1997, when he was unanimously and officially elected abbot in 1997 as Fo Guang Shan's sixth abbot.
Hsin Ting is well versed in speaking the Dharma, instruction in Chan (Jp: Zen) meditation, construction projects, Buddhist chant, and the composition of music and lyrics.
He ended his term as abbot in 2005, when Venerable Hsin Pei was elected to the position of Abbot. Ven. Hsin Tin travels around the world constantly looking after the organization’s humanitarian projects in South America and Asia, giving dharma lectures, and presiding over Buddhist ceremonies on behalf of the grandmaster Hsing Yun.