Pursuit of the Noble Truth
Master Zhen-Ru has been pursuing the truth about life and death since childhood. She was born in the Heilongjiang province of China. At a young age, she encountered her first Buddhist scripture, Surangama Sutra, and realized that the answers she sought could be found in Buddhism. This started her journey of understanding Buddhism more deeply. She studied at Mount Wutai, Mount Putuo, and major monasteries. Her teachers include important Buddhist scholars and Rinpoches. She is well-versed in Entering the Middle Way, Ornament of Clear Knowledge, Four Hundred Stanzas, The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim Chenmo), The Medium Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, The Easy Path –Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, Great Treatise’ Four Interwoven Annotations, and Presentation of Tenets: A Precious Garland.
Meeting Late Master Jih-Chang
Master Zhen-Ru was introduced to Late Master Jih-Chang’s teachings on The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (“The Great Treatise”), and was inspired by The Great Treatise. Her understanding of the text was unsurpassed and she was able to apply the teachings in every aspect of her life. As such, Late Master Jih-Chang appointed her as his successor.
Passing on the Teachings
Since 2004, Master Zhen-Ru has applied Late Master Jih-Chang’s teachings and dedicated herself to developing a comprehensive Buddhist education for monastics and laypeople. Master Zhen-Ru has the unique ability of explaining the 2,000-year-old Buddhist teachings in a way that practitioners can easily relate to, understand and apply to their everyday lives in the 21st century.
Over one thousand monks and nuns, and over 80,000 lay people currently follow her.
Establishing the Five Great Treatises Curriculum
In 2006, Master Zhen-Ru was the key proponent for the implementation of the Five Great Treatises in our monastic curriculum: Commentary on the “Compendium of Valid Cognition”, Ornament for Clear Knowledge, Commentary on the “Middle Way”, Treasury of Knowledge, and A Compendium of Discipline. Through extensive recitation, reading, contemplation, and dialectics, the Five Great Treatises help monastics deepen their understanding of Buddhism.