The Founder, Venerable Miu King(1930-2003)

Venerable Miu King was born in the northeastern part of China in 1930. At the age of eighteen, he left the family life and enrolled in the Buddhist Institute. He was fully ordained as a Buddhist monk the following year and continued his studies at the Buddhist Institute until 1949 when the communist government took over Mainland China. Subsequently, he fled to Hong Kong.

While in Hong Kong, he underwent four more years of Buddhist studies at the Buddhist Institute and gave his first public Dharma Lecture on The Lotus Sutra in 1956. Thereafter, he gave frequent lectures on many Sutras.

From 1969 to 1973, he was the abbot of Dung Ling Nien Fwo Tang (東林念佛堂), and during those years, he gave more lectures on the different sect of Buddhism. In 1973, Venerable Miu King left Hong Kong for the United States. Since then, he has been invited to give numerous lectures, host meditation, and Amitabha chanting retreats throughout the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and Taiwan. His Dharma lectures are widely distributed in audio format throughout.

Intensively studying the Dharma for over 50 years, Venerable Miu King is a distinguished Buddhist scholar, well known to Chinese Buddhists as a serious practitioner. This humble elder has won the esteem of his follower with his knowledge, patience, and grace.

In 1990, he established the Fa Yun Monastery in order to provide a suitable environment for Buddhist monks and nuns to study the Dharma and practice meditation. The Fa Yun Monastery then established a subsidiary Institute for Buddhist Studies mainly for monks and nuns in 1996. Venerable Miu King was the director and teacher until April, 2003 when he passed away.

Even though he is not with us anymore, we still follow his teachings.