Venerable Shen-Kai was born in the year 1918 in Kui-Zhou, China. In his early years he studied many religions, but he was so inspired by what the Buddha taught that he decided to promote Buddhism and became ordained as a Buddhist monk.

Venerable Shen-Kai perceived that many people had difficulty understanding the Buddha’s teachings because they were often treated with mystery and complexity. As a result, they are apprehensive about it. Buddhism became neglected on one hand, or treated as a subject of academic research on the other. The general public could not attain the maximum benefit that Buddhism has to offer. In view of the situation, Venerable Shen-Kai felt that there is an urgent need to correct this misconception by presenting the Buddha’s teaching in a way that is easily acceptable to the people. Since the Supreme Enlightenment or Buddhahood is attained by cultivating from the human realm, Venerable Shen-Kai emphasises that as human beings we need to embark on the Vehicle of Buddhism that is most suited for human beings if we are to be realistic about being enlightened ourselves. That vehicle is the Humanity Vehicle Buddhism. Thus, he founded World Jen Chen Buddhism.

The Venerable vows to return to this world life after life to promote Jen Chen Buddhism so that we can purify our mind, and create a bright and blissful life. In his effort to uphold the morality and dignity of humanity, he travelled widely to deliver Dharma talks in many countries He illustrates that the principles of Jen Chen Buddhism are compatible with the natural capacities of humanity and also fulfill the needs of the modern times. Through these efforts, the Venerable hopes that we all can benefit from the teachings, unfold our wisdom and follow the practices of all Bodhisattvas until we become Buddha ourselves.

As the teacher of World Jen Chen Buddhism, Venerable Shen Kai, encourages one and all to seek enlightenment, and to work in unison to guide every human being to emulate the Bodhisattvas, to be Bodhisattvas themselves, and to promote the Bodhisattva-Humanity Vehicle Buddhism to all sentient beings life after life.

Venerable Shen-Kai departed from this world on August 4, 1996 in California, USA. He left a legacy of books and publications on the teachings of Jen Chen Buddhism for humanity, dozens of Jen Chen Buddhism promotion missions and many disciples, both members of the Sangha and lay-Buddhists to continue to promote a Bliss Culture for humanity around the world.

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