The late Ven Master Hsuan Hua was the first to inspire in me the sense of no nonsense responsibility and zeal towards the Buddha Dharma and it was through him that I learned how wonderful the Mahayana was especially in the Chinese context, previously thought by myself to be a mere poor carbon copy of folk Chinese beliefs and Taoism. Reform and destroying superstition within was some of his motto.
The Grand Master Venerable Master Hsing Yun inspired me in terms of a dharmaduta's (Dharma Ambassador) work and Humanistic Buddhism, bringing and making the Buddha Dharma ever relevant through modern means and media to today's society's masses, creating a Pure Land on earth.
The Venerable Master Chin Kung inspired me on the Pure Land Path, emphasizing on Education as means of propagating Buddhism as a learning and experiential journey. Again, the dharmaduta spirit is re-inforced here.
The late Venerable Master Sheng-yen was the second one whom I had read much on Ch'an practice during the earlier years and was struck by his zeal to undertake the revival of Chinese Buddhism, humanitarian and academic efforts and simplistic ways of living as a Buddhist in today's world. Touted as one of the 50 most influential personalities in Taiwan and amongst the 400 in the world.
The Venerable Master Cheng Yen is known as the 'Mother Teresa' of Chinese Buddhism and through her and her organisation, the Tzu Chi Foundation, hundreds of thousands worldwide have benefited from her missions to the poor, sick, afflicted and marginalised. And it all started from her encounter with some Catholic Sisters, who wondered why Buddhists then talked more than they cared for the downtrodden. Tzu Chi Foundation was her response to that question. Her three vows says it all: Purify minds, Harmonize society and free the world from disaster.
In obeisance to the Venerable Masters
Namo Amitabha Buddha!