Background on Professor Nan Huai Chin

Professor Chechiang Nan Huai Chin was born in t 9 t 8 to n scholarly During his childhood,
he was tutored

family living in in the Chinese and ,

Province, China.

Classics, and by the age of seventeen had mastered Taoist sages. induding calligraphy As a youth, he studied His studies
the

the works of the Confucian

ancient

arts of Chinese literature,

Kung-Fu poetry and

swordsmanship. as the essentials

also included

of a classical education,

herbnl medicine

and the 1-

Ching as wetl. In 1937 he graduated from the Chcchiang
Academy, where

he studied military at the

strategy and modern science and in 1939 accepted a position as an instructor Central Military Academy. :6~f.ing this period he continuously

sought out Taoist

and Buddhist masters and spent much of his time in old temples and the hermitages of these learned and deeply cultivated men. In 1942, Professor
,

Nan was a participant

in Ch'an studies led by his master

Yuarn Huan Hsien. It was soon thereafter

that he went up to the famous mountain

temple on Mount O-Mei, which is one of the four most famous seats of Buddhist cultivation in China. He remained in seclusion there until 1945. During this time,

he verified his experience with the teachings of the entire Buddhist canon.

Following his seclusion he lert Mount O-i\tci and traveled

to Tibet to learn
and Kung Ka

from the masters or the Esoteric School of Buddhism.

The lIutuktu

of the White Sect, eventually verified him as a master and gave him the official title of esoteric Master.

In 1947 he began teaching

philosophy

in two universities and other universities

in China.

As a

professor at the Chinese Culture University

in Taiwan from

1949 to 1985, he was sought out by many students. 32 books East-West on Zen, Buddhism, Essence Society and

During this time, he authored he also organized Inc. the

Taoism and Confucianism,

Lau-Ku Culture

Foundation

He offers a
and

priceless guide to many students Confucianism. people consider Master personal He is a well-known

who want to understand professor in Taiwan Confucian

Zen, Buddhism

and Malnland

China, where

him to be n modern and Esoteric

scholar as well as a recognized the weight of

of Taoism experience

Buddhism,

His 32 books carry

with the results of his lifelong search

for verification

of his

cultiva Han cI ai ms. After living in the United States from 1985 to 1988, he went to Hong Kong, where he has done much to work for peace across the Taiwan straits. ,-\ ..
_

He is the first to build the

scholar in history to use private capital to help the Chinese government Chin-Wen Railway in the Chechiang in Confucianism province.

Professor Nan once said that "Tao" the worldly to serve the world and

means that people renounce

that is what professor Nan is doing right now.

5

published

Books by Professor

Nan

1. The Sea of Ch' an (Zen), 1955.

2. A Modern Explanation 1960.
3. A Modern Explanation

of the Great Meaning of the Surangama

Sutra,

of the Great Meaning of the Lankavatra

Sutra,

1965. 4. Ch'an (Zen) and Tao, 1968 (Part I, Translated by Charles Tuttle). 5. Collection of the \Vei 1\10 House, 1970. 6. Ch'an (Zen) Talks, 1973. 7. Tao and Longevity, 1973, (translated to English, German, and Portuguese; published by Samuel Weiser, Inc.)
~

to English, 1995, Published

Spanish, Italian

8. A New Approach

to the Confucian Analects, 1976. 1976. (Title of English Version" Grass

9. Profiles of Ch' an (Zen) Training, Mountain") 10. The Youth in Twentieth Century,

1977. (Part I), 1980. 1983.

11. The Diary of a Ch'an (Zen) Practitioner 12. The Cultivation

of Samadhi and \Visdom for Beginners, (PHt II), 1983.

13. The Diary of a Ch'an (Zen) Practitioner 14. A New Approach
10

Mcncius (Pari I). 19M.

15. Poems and Couplets of Professor Nan 1111ai Chin, 198.4.

6

t 6. The Cultivation

Method of Buddbisattva

Kuan Yin, 1985.

17. What We Can Learn From History (Part I), 1985. 18. Taoism, Esoteric Buddhism and Oriental Mysticism, 1985. 19. Collected Prefaces on Chinese CuI ture, 1986. 20. What We Can Learn From History (Part II), 1986. 21. The Medita tion of Skeleton, 1986. 22. Basic Belief for a Buddhist, 23. A New Approach 1986.

to Lao-Tzu, 1987. of Buddhism in China, 1987.

24. The Brief Development

25. The Brief Develop men t of Taois min China, 1987. 26. Talking about I-Ching, 1987. 27. Poems of Master Nan Hua] Chin, 1987. 28. A) Working Toward Enlightenment, 28. B) To Realize Enlightenment. 1989, (translated to English, 1994).

1989, (translated

to English 1995).

29. The Confucian Philosophy of the l-Ching, 1991. 30. Talking About the Perfect Enlightenment 31. \Vhat Diamond Sutra Says, 1992. 32. Talking About the Buddha of Medicine, 1995. Sutra, 1992.

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Professor Nan's Contributions Wo rld Peace
Professor government construction Nan is the first person to use private build the Chin-Wen Railroad capital

to

to help the Chinese China. The

in Province

Chechiang,

was started to set an example that the Chinese government

can use to

build public projects with foreign capital. is currently being practiced airports,

As a result of his efforts, this philosophy power plants,

J

on a large scale nation wide. Numerous mass transportation the country

,

roads, railroads, construction

systems and subways are now under from abroad. As a result

throughout

using capital

people's living standards

are improving. person. He has studied and memorized

Professor Nan is a truly extraordinary essentially Further, books). all Chinese classic literature,

which includes poetry and Confucianism. Canon (6,000 Taoism

he has done the same with Taoism and the entire Buddhist He has published over 32 philosophical

books on Zen, Buddhism,

and Confucianism

which have sold over two million copies in China over the past

ten years and about~ one million copies in Taiwan over the past 40 years.

Professor many students. presidents,

Nan has provided These students

and continues to provide priceless guidance to his have included government ministers, university

teachers and business persons from various countries.

Over the past six years he has devoted peace between Taiwan and China. His contribution living standards

much of his time to bringing

about

now is for the future survival of the China to raise people's of east-west culture as well as world peace. No

and advancement

one can assess the value of his _!fTort,_ because it is beyond calculation.

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