The first abbot Master Hui Ding was appointed by the Founder Master Wu Guang on October 7, 1999. Alias Chiang Huihsiung 蔣徽雄, Master Hui Ding was an engineering graduate from Feng Chia University 逢甲大學, Taichung, Taiwan.
In his college days he was always confused by the values of life and why he is on earth. He did a lot of thinking and meditation and began to explore buddhism. In his second year, he was inspired by the buddhist philosophy of "keeping peace of mind via faith 安心立命", that is to know yourself and be contented with what you can achieve with your wisdom.
He further studied in the Institute of Hua-Yen Buddhist Studies 華嚴專宗學院佛學研究所 and graduated in 3 years. Immediately after his graduation in 1986 he donned the robe and shaved his head under the seat of Senior Acharya Wu Guang, studying Esoteric Buddhism. He helped Superior Master in building the new temple, which took 15 long years and when the Superior Master died in 1999 he carried on his wishes.
He succeeded Master Wu Guang by taking over the temple which has branches in Taipei, Tainan, Kaoshiung as well as Hong Kong. He takes care and leads over 6,000 disciples in their studies. He preaches in different locations which covers a vast area of topics.
Amongst that he flavors talking about Avatamsaka Sutra 華嚴經 which is well known for its detailed description of the course of the bodhisattva's practice through 10 stages. For instance, he preached it in Taipei every month for 3 years and he thinks that has no conflict with the esoteric doctrines. Because it showed the ways a practitioner can achieve buddhahood in his daily life, starting from an awakening faith 發心 upgrade to 10 grades of bodhisattva faith ＋信 in conjunction with the wisdom which penetrates the ultimate reality 觀慧.