Bringing the Dharma to the West

In 1959, the Master saw that conditions were ripe in the West, and he instructed his disciples to establish the Sino-American Buddhist Association (later renamed the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association) in the United States. He traveled to Australia in 1961 and propagated the Dharma there for one year. Since the conditions were not yet ripe there, he returned to Hong Kong in 1962. That same year, at the invitation of Buddhists in America, the Master traveled alone to the United States.

Hong Kong disciples respectfully send off the Venerable Master from Hong Kong on his way to America in March 1962

Hong Kong disciples respectfully send off the Venerable Master from Hong Kong on his way to America in March 1962.



A child offers flowers to the Venerable Master upon his arrival in San Francisco

A child offers flowers to the Venerable Master upon his arrival in San Francisco

Taking a big step in the history of Buddhism.
Taking a big step in the history of Buddhism