Master Hsin Tao is a non-sectarian teacher who is profoundly influenced by Dharma teachings of the Three Traditions: Mahayana, Theravada, and Vajrayana. In appreciating the dynamic of Buddha’s teachings, Master Hsin Tao is committed to disseminate Dharma in its respective uniqueness of each tradition.
Linji School of Chinese Chan Buddhism is the foundation of Master Hsin Tao’s Dharma practice and the beginning of monasticism. The Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founder of Fo Guang Shan, performed the ceremony of novice ordination for him. In 2007, Master Hsin Tao received the Dharma Seal from the Venerable Master Benhuan to become the 44th successor of Linji School (Nanhua Tang Branch). In 2013, Master Hsing Yun appointed Master Hsin Tao to be the 49th holder of Linji School (Zhong Xing Branch).
In 1994, the National Buddhist Advisor of Myanmar, U Kuothala, conducted a Theravada Three Ordination Platforms Precept Transmission which Master attended. The Advisor bestowed the name U Ku Tha Qla, meaning “cleared of obstacles”, to Master Hsin Tao. Since then, he is attired in monastic robe of Theravada tradition in commemorating his heritage.
In 2001, Katok Moktsa Rinpoche of the Nyingma Katok lineage saw in pure vision that Master Hsin Tao is an accomplished practitioner who has attained the rainbow body. The name, Pelgi Dorje (auspicious vajra), was given to Master Hsin Tao. In May, Master and his students traveled to Xikang in beseeching teachings from Rinpoche. The next year, Bairo Rinpoche delegated Moktsa Rinpoche to perform the Enthronement Ceremony for Master Hsin Tao in recognition.