Veneralbe Jan Hai has been a monk for over fifty years, since he was nine years old. He studied Buddhadharma at the age of 16 in the Buddhist college of Tein-Ning Temple in Northern China, and became a follower of the late Chinese Buddhist great master, Ven. Tsi-Hung. Ven. Jan Hai spent nearly eight years studying Theravada Buddhism in Thailand, and received his master's degree in Buddhism from Tokyo's Risho University in 1969. He traveled to America three years later, and today he is the president of the Texas Buddhist Association, and has been a past Abbot of the Jade Buddha Temple.
Ven. Jan Hai has authored a book, "The History of Theravade Buddhism," and has translated two more, "The Dhammapada, or the way of the Truth," and "A Pictorial Biography of Sakyamuni Buddha," into Chinese. He presents Sunday dharma talks at Jade Buddha Temple. The Venerable shares this insight with us:
"Everything that is, is without self; when this one discerns with wisdom, then is one disgusted with ill; this is the path of purity."