Introducing the Elder 
Dharma Master


Dharma Master Liu-ching was born on May 23, 1924, in Kwangsi Province, China. Her parents, Yeung Cheungman and Yeung Chung Look-shui were both natives of Kwangsi. In her early twenties Bhiksuni Liu-ching, whose lay name was Piu-chen, followed Dharma Master Mao-feng to leave the home-life in the Mahayana tradition. At age twenty-five she joined the precept platform at Nan-hua Monastery being conducted by the Venerable Master Hsu-yun, and on the 15th of March she received the Sramanerika (novice) precepts, on the 25th she received the Bhiksuni (nun) precepts and on the 4th of April she received the Bodhisattva precepts.

After completing her schooling, Dharma Master Liu-ching became vice-abbotess of Candana Vihara in the New Territories outside of Hong Kong. She served in that capacity for many years.

Recently Dharma Master Liu-ching came to the United States and has joined the work and cultivation carried on at the International Institute for the Translation of Buddhist Texts in San Francisco and the House of Joyous Giving at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Talmage, California.

      Dharma Master Liu-ching's twenty-eight years of holding the complete precepts provide her with discipline and awesome deportment,which serve as a model for the Bhiksunis and

Sramanerikas who come in contact with her. The appearance of a bhiksuni with such a long history of practice is rare in the West and it is hoped that the Dharma Master will reside permanently at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas to share her experience with newly precepted women.

At present, Dharma Master Liu-ching is following the rigorous daily schedule at the Translation Institute and has joined the Avatamsaka Assembly where she listens daily to the Venerable Master Hsuan-hua's lectures on the Sutra of the Dharma Realm.