Although the writings collected here are not some word-by-word translation of Dharma Master Hsin Tao’s teachings and thoughts, they are indeed some rare and precious teachings that we have gathered from various sources, for example, Zen talks, private conversations, and public discourses. Most of these materials are directly derived from a Mandarin book by the name of The Zen of Happy Living (快樂生活禪).
Dharma Master Hsin Tao is a rare legend who embodies the integral teachings of the Buddha. He is a living example of the authentic essence, nonsectarian spirit, and universal truth of the dharma, which all of us should admire, if not emulate, on our path to perfect awakening and total freedom. He practices and actualizes the essence of the three yanas, for example, Theravada, Mahayana, and Tantrayana, the major three traditions of contemporary Buddhism, as one dharma. He exemplifies and propagates the genuine spirit of great equanimity, and he truly embodies the living example of “three yanas, one dharma.”
Hsin Tao means “a path with heart” in Mandarin. Master Hsin Tao received the Dharma Seal from the Venerable Master Benhuan to become the forty-fourth successor of Linji School (Nanhua Tang Branch). In 2013, Master Hsing Yun appointed Master Hsin Tao to be the forty-ninth holder of Linji School (Zhong Xing Branch).
Besides being a renowned Zen master in Chinese Mahayana Buddhism, the National Buddhist Advisor of Myanmar, Ven. U Kuothala, also bestowed the name U Ku Tha Qla, meaning “cleared of obstacles,” to Master Hsin Tao. Since then, he has been attired in monastic robe of Theravada tradition in commemorating his heritage.
In terms of Tantric Vajrayana Buddhism, H. H. Kathok Moktsa Rinpoche, one of the “five golden throne holders” of the Nyingma Katok Monastery lineage, recognized Master Hsin Tao as the unmistaken reincarnation of Chowang Dorje (Vajra of the Lord of Doctrine), one of the great Tantric Mahasiddha who attained rainbow body and was therefore granted the tulku title as His Eminence Pelkyi Dorje (Auspicious Vajra) Rinpoche.