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Founder

Master Zhen-Ru

Our Spiritual Teacher

Even as a child, Master Zhen-Ru has always aspired to remain a student at heart. The modesty and prudence she now exudes as a spiritual leader is consistently acknowledged by many contemporary wise gurus.

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Seeking for the Truth

Master Zhen-Ru was born and raised in a scholarly family of China’s Hei-Long Jiang Province. At a young age, she became aware of issues that troubled mankind: could the fear of death be eliminated? In elementary school, she would often contemplate on the origin of one’s life and where one goes after death. She sought answers in the classics and in the modern texts of philosophy, literature, and psychology, but all in vain. Unexpectedly, she came across her first Buddhist sutra, Surangama Sutra, where she finally found her destiny. At that point, she became completely certain that she wanted to follow Buddha’s teachings.

Learning with Many Great Masters

As she grew older, she sought for a spiritual teacher and the truth about life, travelling a long journey, which covered the sacred Chinese Buddhist sites of Mount Wutai, Mount Putuo, as well as all the major monasteries in Tibet. She studied under many great teachers, who widely received and acknowledged her as an outstanding student, granting her numerous precious lineages and blessings.

Finding the Perfect Teacher

The first time she heard Master Jih-Chang’s voice in his recorded teachings on The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim Chenmo), she immediately knew that he was the spiritual teacher she had been searching for since young. Thereafter, she decided that she would follow Master Jih-Chang and become his pious and faithful disciple. Master Jih-Chang was greatly impressed with her determination to learn Dharma during various obstacles. Thus, he eventually passed on many precious personal instructions to her, bestowing upon her the Dharma name “Zhen-Ru.” During Master Jih-Chang’s later years of life, in a frail state, he often traveled to China to give Master Zhen-Ru teachings, as well as pass on the torch of succession as head of the Bliss and Wisdom Organization.

Carrying on the Torch

In 2004, Master Zhen-Ru officially assumed the role of guiding both lay and monastic disciples, carrying on Late Master Jih-Chang’s legacy by advocating Buddha’s teachings of compassion and wisdom. Currently, there are already over 1,000 Buddhist monks and nuns, as well as more than 70,000 lay practitioners worldwide studying and practicing Buddhism under the guidance of Master Zhen-Ru. While residing in Canada, Master Zhen-Ru not only shares Buddhist teachings with the community, but through various activities,

also actively encourages the engagement in kind and moral deeds, protection of life and the environment, and maintenance of harmony and peace within people. Master Zhen-Ru believes in caring for all life and that bringing peace to this world is every person’s responsibility. She encourages all her disciples to become “ambassadors of peace” and become considerate people, observing others’ good qualities, and appreciating their kindnesses.

Providing an Environment for Female Buddhist Practitioners

In 2012, Master Zhen-Ru established Great Wisdom Buddhist Institute (GWBI), in Prince Edward Island, Canada. GWBI is a Buddhist monastery where a group of Buddhist nuns are devoted to studying and practicing Buddhism under her guidance. These Buddhist nuns follow the curriculum established by Master Zhen-Ru; they faithfully study and search for the truth of life through rigorous Buddhist courses and teachings.

 

Master Zhen-Ru strives to carry on Late Master Jih-Chang’s dream, making an effort together with the Sangha communities to uphold pure ethical discipline and live by the Buddhist teachings. Also, she develops various Buddhist endeavors which promote acceptance and tolerance. Her greatest aspiration is to dedicate her life to serving the works of Buddhism, her teachers, and the happiness of all sentient beings.

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Seeking for the Truth

Master Zhen-Ru was born and raised in a scholarly family of China’s Hei-Long Jiang Province. At a young age, she became aware of issues that troubled mankind: could the fear of death be eliminated? In elementary school, she would often contemplate on the origin of one’s life and where one goes after death. She sought answers in the classics and in the modern texts of philosophy, literature, and psychology, but all in vain. Unexpectedly, she came across her first Buddhist sutra, Surangama Sutra, where she finally found her destiny. At that point, she became completely certain that she wanted to follow Buddha’s teachings.

Learning with Many Great Masters

As she grew older, she sought for a spiritual teacher and the truth about life, travelling a long journey, which covered the sacred Chinese Buddhist sites of Mount Wutai, Mount Putuo, as well as all the major monasteries in Tibet. She studied under many great teachers, who widely received and acknowledged her as an outstanding student, granting her numerous precious lineages and blessings.

Finding the Perfect Teacher

The first time she heard Master Jih-Chang’s voice in his recorded teachings on The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim Chenmo), she immediately knew that he was the spiritual teacher she had been searching for since young. Thereafter, she decided that she would follow Master Jih-Chang and become his pious and faithful disciple. Master Jih-Chang was greatly impressed with her determination to learn Dharma during various obstacles. Thus, he eventually passed on many precious personal instructions to her, bestowing upon her the Dharma name “Zhen-Ru.” During Master Jih-Chang’s later years of life, in a frail state, he often traveled to China to give Master Zhen-Ru teachings, as well as pass on the torch of succession as head of the Bliss and Wisdom Organization.

Carrying on the Torch

In 2004, Master Zhen-Ru officially assumed the role of guiding both lay and monastic disciples, carrying on Late Master Jih-Chang’s legacy by advocating Buddha’s teachings of compassion and wisdom. Currently, there are already over 1,000 Buddhist monks and nuns, as well as more than 70,000 lay practitioners worldwide studying and practicing Buddhism under the guidance of Master Zhen-Ru. While residing in Canada, Master Zhen-Ru not only shares Buddhist teachings with the community, but through various activities, also actively encourages the engagement in kind and moral deeds, protection of life and the environment, and maintenance of harmony and peace within people.

Master Zhen-Ru believes in caring for all life and that bringing peace to this world is every person’s responsibility. She encourages all her disciples to become “ambassadors of peace” and become considerate people, observing others’ good qualities, and appreciating their kindnesses.

Providing an Environment for Female Buddhist Practitioners

In 2012, Master Zhen-Ru established Great Wisdom Buddhist Institute (GWBI), in Prince Edward Island, Canada. GWBI is a Buddhist nunnery where a group of Buddhist nuns are devoted to studying and practicing Buddhism under her guidance. These Buddhist nuns follow the curriculum established by Master Zhen-Ru; they faithfully study and search for the truth of life through rigorous Buddhist courses and teachings.

Master Zhen-Ru strives to carry on Late Master Jih-Chang’s dream, making an effort together with the Sangha communities to uphold pure ethical discipline and live by the Buddhist teachings. Also, she develops various Buddhist endeavors which promote acceptance and tolerance. Her greatest aspiration is to dedicate her life to serving the works of Buddhism, her teachers, and the happiness of all sentient beings.