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Sheng Yen
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Religion Chan Buddhism
School Caodong, Linji
Education Rissho University (M.A., PhD)
Other names Changjin (novice name)
Nationality Taiwan
Born January 22, 1931
Nantong, Jiangsu, Republic of China
Died February 3, 2009(2009-02-03) (aged 78)
Taipei, Taiwan
Senior posting
Title Chan master
Religious career
Teacher Dongchu, Ling Yuan

Sheng Yen (聖嚴; Pinyin: Shèngyán, birth name Zhang Baokang, 張保康) (January 22, 1931 – February 3, 2009) was a Chinese Buddhist monk, a religious scholar, and one of the mainstream teachers of Chan Buddhism. He was a 57th generational dharma heir of Linji Yixuan in the Linji school (Japanese: Rinzai) and a third-generation dharma heir of Hsu Yun. In the Caodong (Japanese: Sōtō) lineage, Sheng Yen was a 52nd-generation Dharma heir of Dongshan Liangjie (807-869), and a direct Dharma heir of Dongchu (1908–1977).[1]

Sheng Yen was the founder of the Dharma Drum Mountain, a Buddhist organization based in Taiwan. During his time in Taiwan, Sheng Yen was well known as a progressive Buddhist teacher who sought to teach Buddhism in a modern and Western-influenced world. In Taiwan, he was one of four prominent modern Buddhist masters, along with Hsing Yun, Cheng Yen and Wei Chueh, popularly referred to as the "Four Heavenly Kings" of Taiwanese Buddhism. In 2000 he was one of the keynote speakers in the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders held in the United Nations.[2]


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  2. "Chan Master Sheng Yen". Dharma Drum Mountain. 2006-01-10. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 


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