ylee111 wrote:I have been reading many books lately on Rinzai and Soto Zen (ie on Ikkyu, Hakuin, Ryokan, and Alan Watts), but confess despite being Chinese not knowing much about Chan Buddhism in the modern (20th Century and on) Sinosphere.
How do the writings and views of Nan Huai-Chin, Hsuan Hua, Hsu Yun, Yin Shun, Sheng Yen (of Dharma Drum Mountain), Hsing Yun (of Fo Guang Shan), Cheng Yen (of Tzu Chi), and Wei Chueh compare and contract with each other in terms of social issues and transmission of the Dharma? I am guessing Hsuan Hua was the most socially Conservative given his political views (such as on Marriage Equality) but am not sure. (I define Social Conservatism [Regressivevism] as both the Tea Party, One-Percenters, and Neoliberalism. Socially progressive would be how Iceland restructured their government in 2012 and then arrested all the corrupt bankers. So something akin to [but more successful than] Occupy Wall Street).
Who are the prominent Cantonese and Hong Kong Chan teachers and writers?
Perhaps remove Ven Cheng Yen from the list, no? Probably Ven Hsing Yun would be the most "progressive", but that would be relatively speaking. These people are almost all born in 19th and early 20th century China, after all. Using an American definition of conservative or progressive may just not fit the bill.
In HK, Ven Jueguang is "the Elder" (I'm using Hanyu, Cantonese would be Kok Kwong, I guess.) However, a number of the Elders in HK are more affiliated with Tiantai than Chan, due to the old influence of Master Dixian (and Master Tanyun, Master Zhumo??) http://www.hkbuddhist.org/
You could check out the people at Baolian Si, and there are a number of Master Hsuan Hua's disciples in HK, too. Ven. Hin Hung is also around, and he has lineages from Chan and also Dzogchen (if I recall correctly).