year of birth : 1950 | place of birth : Quang gai Province, VIETNAM
occupation : Founder of Quan Yin Method, poet, painter, musician, self-published writer and entrepreneur
“ If meat eating is not banned or not limited,
then the whole planet will be gone.
This is a life-and-death matter for everybody;
it’s not a personal choice.
And we are eating meat, eating up the whole planet,
eating up 90% of the food supply and letting other people hungry..”
“ The vegetarian diet is benevolent,
so it will bring you happy energy and that in turn
will breed more happiness, will attract more happiness,
and when you’re happy everything will be better.
You think better; you react better;
your life becomes better. ”
“ We create everything that we want if we live
but in accordance with the law of the universe.
Such is the power of just being vegan.
Because that means we spare life; we want life;
we want constructive energy; we don’t want destruction.. ”
BOOKS BY THE MASTER
" The key of Immediate Enlightenment " ... " Letters Between Master and Spiritual Practitioners " ... " My Wondrous Experiences with Master " ... " Master Tells Stories " ... " Of God and Humans – Insights from Bible Stories " ... " God Takes Care of Everything – Illustrated Tales of Wisdom from The Supreme Master Ching Hai " ... " The Supreme Master Ching Hai’s Enlightening Humor – Your Halo Is Too Tight! " ... " Coloring Our Lives " ... " Secrets to Effortless Spiritual Practice " ... " God’s Direct Contact – The Way to Reach Peace " ... " I Have Come to Take You Home " ... " Living in the Golden Age series " ... " The Realization of Health-Returning to the Natural and Righteous Way of Living " ... " Aphorisms " ... " The Supreme Kitchen (1) – International Vegetarian Cuisine " ... " The Supreme Kitchen (2) – Home Taste Selections " ... " A Collection of Art Creation by Supreme Master Ching Hai – Painting Series " ... " The Dogs in My Life " ... " The Birds in My Life " ... " The Noble Wilds " ... " Celestial Art " ... " The Underground World on Mars " ... " Loving the Silent Tears " ... " From Crisis to Peace: The Organic Vegan Way is the Answer " ... " The Destiny of Planets: Revelation on Mars, Venus and Earth " ... " The Real Love " ... " The Lost Memories " ... " Pebbles and Gold ' ... " The Love of Centuries " ... " One World¹ of Peace Through Music " ... " Silent Tears "
Supreme Master (or "Suma") Ching Hai (born in 1950), is the spiritual teacher of the Quan Yin Method with an estimated 20,000 followers world wide. Ching Hai is a poet, painter, musician, self-published writer and entrepreneur who heads the Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association, a business group with worldwide interests in restaurants, fashion and jewelry design. She is known for her philanthropic and humanitarian work.
The San Francisco Weekly cites 1995 research by a Berkeley graduate student in journalism which says she was born Hue Dang Trinh to a Vietnamese mother and an ethnic Chinese father, in 1950 in a small village in the Quang Ngai Province in Vietnam. At 19, during the height of the Vietnam War, she developed a relationship with a German scientist and doctor who was a relief worker: Trinh worked as a Red Cross interpreter in Europe. They married, but separated after two years when she left him to pursue spiritual enlightenment. In 1979, she met a Buddhist monk in Germany whom she followed for three years, but his monastery denied entry to females. She moved to India to study different religions and became a disciple of Thakar Singh. During her stay at his ashram, she learned the Sant Mat 'Light and Sound' meditation technique which Thakar Singh taught and from which her Quan Yin Method is derived.
According to an account by Patricia Thornton, Ching Hai's recognition as a spiritual leader began in 1982, when she tried to buy a copy of the Hindu sacred work Bhagavad Gita from a small shop beside the Ganges. The shopkeepers denied having a copy, but she insisted she had seen it there. An extensive search uncovered a copy hidden in a sealed box; word quickly spread that Ching Hai had an "unusually well-developed third eye."
In 1983, she followed a Vietnamese Buddhist monk in Taiwan named Jing-Xing. Unaware of her prior connection to Thakar Singh, Jing-Xing ordained her in 1984 as "Thanh Hai". In Mandarin this is ‘Ching Hai’, which means "pure ocean". According to her official biography, Ching Hai was born to a well-off naturopath's family in Âu Lạc (old name for the region north of Hanoi) in Vietnam. Though raised as a Roman Catholic, she learned the basics of Buddhism from her grandmother. After being given a divine transmission of the Inner Light and Sound by a true Master in the Himalayas, she renamed the technique the Quan Yin Method.
No initiation or membership fees are collected from disciples, but the bulk of her financial support comes from Taiwan, where her following is the strongest; her followers in the US are predominantly new immigrants from China and Vietnam. Her Supreme Master Meditation Centers, incorporated in Los Angeles and San Jose and several US states, benefit from tax-exempt status as religious organizations. By her own admission, she presides over a "rather big organisation" with "a lot of centers around the world—40 or 50 countries". The organisation includes restaurants and outlets for jewelery and clothes designed by her.
Ching Hai supports many vegetarian and vegan restaurants and is described as the innovator of the international Loving Hut vegan restaurant group, with 135 restaurants worldwide in 2011. In late 2008 Ching Hai launched a media campaign in Australia and New Zealand asking people to "Be Green, Go Veg, Save the Planet". Veganism, clean energy and tree planting were promoted as a solution to climate change and pollution. The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association also made submissions to the Garnaut Climate Change Review advocating large cuts to livestock production.
Ching Hai initiates spiritual aspirants into the Quan Yin Method, which is purported to exist in various religions under different names, as the "best, easiest, and quickest" way to get enlightenment. Ching Hai accepts people from all backgrounds and religious affiliations for initiation. One does not have to change one's present religion or system of beliefs. The Quan Yin Method requires two and a half hours of meditation per day and adherence to five precepts borrowed from the Five Precepts of Buddhism:
- Refrain from taking the life of sentient beings.
- Refrain from speaking what is not true.
- Refrain from taking what is not offered.
- Refrain from sexual misconduct.
- Refrain from the use of intoxicants.
Ching Hai has authored the book ‘The Key of Immediate Enlightenment’. She has authored self-published picture books, such as The Birds in My Life and The Noble Wilds. The books consist of hundreds of photos described as being personally taken by Ching Hai.