Master Lu Sheng-Yen (Chinese characters: 盧勝彥), is the spiritual leader of True Buddha School, based on the ideals of Taoism, Sutrayana and Tantric Buddhism. Master Lu is revered by his disciples as a «Living Buddha«, called Lian-sheng. (Chn. 蓮生活佛).
Over five million students have been ordained as disciples under Master Lu. There are also more than three hundred local chapters of the True Buddha School, including 30 major temples, such as the Ling Shen Ching Tze Temple in Redmond, Washington, where he lives. To date, Master Lu has written more than 178 books. Currently he is taking a seclucion in Tahiti.
Born Lian-shen Sheng-yen Lu in Chiayi County, Taiwan, 1945, the master was raised a Christian, attending a Protestant Christian School. His post-secondary education was at Chung Cheng Institute of Technology, and he graduated with a degree in Survey Engineering. In his early twenties he was both a survey engineer and a Sunday school bible teacher.
His epiphany came in 1969 when he had a mystical experience, briefly visiting heaven. He studied for three years under a formless teacher known as Three-Mountains-Nine-Marquis Xian Sheng. He wrote his first book in 1975. By 1981 he had sought out a total of twenty-one human gurus in Taoism, Sutra, and Tantra. In 1982 Master Lu moved to the United States of America where he studied and meditated rigorously achieving mastery of Vajrayana. He claims to have reached engligtenment in 1984. Master Lu keeps a disciplined schedule throughout the day and has been practicing yoga and meditation everyday for over thirty years.
There has been a controversy in the past concerning Lu Sheng-yen sleeping with a student. These allegations are denied by Lu Sheng-yen and the True Buddha School community. (Before drawing conclusions on either extreme, one should investigate for oneself: read teachings by Lu Sheng-yen and see if they ring true, as well, be open that allegations of misconduct may have some foundation. Polarization of the arguement on both sides has not had any benefit, a middleway approach may be an alternative path.)