Chuan Yin is a well-learned Buddhist monk in China. He was elected president of the Buddhist Association of China early in 2010. He also served as vice president of the Buddhist Academy of China and director of the Research Institute of Buddhist Culture of Beijing.
Chuan Yin was born January 30, 1927, to devout Buddhist parents. When he was 20, he became a monk. In 1954, he went to the Zhenru Monastery in Jiangxi Province and was accepted as a disciple of the well-learned master, Xu Yun.
In 1960, Chuan Yin enrolled in the Buddhist Academy of China. After getting a bachelor's degree in 1965, he returned to Zhenru Monastery and worked as a cashier.
During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), he was demoted and sent to a farm to grow vegetables. In 1978 he was invited to Guoqing Monastery in Zhejiang Province. The next year, he got a job at the Buddhist Association of China.
In 1981, Chuan Yin went to Japan to study for two years. After returning to China, he was appointed as the dean of the Buddhist Academy of China. In 1986, he was promoted to the vice president of the academy.
From 1991 to 1994, he spent three years on reclusive studies at Fangguang Monastery in Zhejiang.
In 2002, he became director of the Research Institute of Buddhist Culture of Beijing.