Chan Master Hui Men (Gate to Wisdom) was born with family name Jiang, in Chiayi, Taiwan. He once held positions as Associate Professor of National Chung Hsing University, guest professor of Taipei Medical University, and adjunct professor of National Taitung University.
For twelve years after 1978, he had made great efforts to study Buddhism and practice meditation, and also aperiodically practiced solitary retreats to probe and ponder. He deeply researched in various Buddhist sects in Theravada Tradition, Chinese Tradition and Tibet Tradition, while focusing practice, expounding and promotion on Chan School.
In April 1991, he was ordained as a monk and later became the 42nd successor of Linji sect and 48th successor of Caodong sect.
On January 1, 1997, the Master took the opportunity of a situation to move the Seedpot of Tathagata Dhyana and Chan Practice College to Hualian. He also founded The Buddhist Viriya College and The Buddhist Vimutti-Magga Institute dedicated to educate monks and Buddhist leaders.
In 1998, he was the founding monk of the Baizhang Mountain Viriya Temple.
In 2002 and 2003, he presided consecutive ten sessions of seven-day meditation retreat both in spring and winter. From 2004, he started to receive invitations to places around the world to preach and be in charge of seven-day meditation retreats. As a result, the seven-day meditation retreats at his home mountain temple were re-scheduled to start off the first seven-day meditation retreat on December 1st of each year, and continue for seven to nine sessions.
The Master further pioneered a watch-word meditation recipe incorporated various Chan methodologies to apply in education, consultation counseling and psychotherapies. He was invited by inspired organizations around the world to host workshops for their employees to infuse new offbeat perspective views for alternative professional or academic techniques.
By means of direct face-to-face interactions between teaching and learning, in a very short period of time participants can experience in person the mysteriousness and wonderfulness of Chan methods, benefit from it, and improve one’s situation. The effect is eminent. This simple Chan method also enables practitioners to quickly and continuously apply to daily life so as to improve one’s life quality and energy.
The total number of Chan study camps and workshops hosted by the Chan Master has reached more 600 echelons. To save the modern world from its drawbacks with enlightenment approaches inherited over a thousand years in Chan School, it does not only bring him students throughout the world but also is an act of great compassion and loving kindness.
Ven. Hui Men's ways for Hua Tou ( Pursue the head of words to get Enlightened)
Chan Master Hui Men's Hua Tou Chan repeatedly emphasizes absorption on Hua Tou (word head) as a way to totally block sense organs to seize external conditions and cut off vexations. In the mean time, he continuously talks about Five Strengths: true mind, awareness, contemplation and illumination, light of the mind and penetration. He is a Dharma Master who researched both Theravada Buddha Dharma and Tibet Tantric Great Perfection and integrated both into practices in Chan School.