Jing Hui is one of the first monks in China to receive a master's degree in Buddhism. His scholarship led him to launch two influential Buddhist magazines, Fa Yin and Zen, in China. He is currently vice president of the Buddhist Association of China and president of the Buddhist Association of Hebei Province.
Jing Hui was born in 1933 and raised in a monastery. When he was 14, he began learning about Buddhism at Sanfo Monastery in Wuchang, Hubei Province. He was greatly inspired by the religion and also showed a lot of talent for it.
He became a Bhikkhu, a fully ordained male Buddhist monk, at 18 and was accepted as a disciple of Xu Yun, a Zen master, at 19.
From 1956 to 1963, he studied at the Buddhist Academy of China and received his master's degree in Buddhism.
During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), he was labeled a rightist and sent to several places for manual labor. After that, he landed a publicity job with the Buddhist Association of China in 1979. The same year, he co-founded the Buddhist magazine Fa Yin, where he later became the editor-in-chief. In 1988, Jing Hui founded a provincial Buddhist association in Hebei. He has served as its president since.
In 1989, he launched a monthly Buddhist magazine, Zen, in Hebei.
From 1991 to 1993, he supervised the restoration of several monasteries in Hebei. One of them was Bailin Monastery, which has an annual influential Buddhist summer camp. He became the abbot of the monastery in 1998.
In 1993, he was elected as the vice president of the Buddhist Association of China.
In 2001, Hebei established a Buddhist academy. Jing Hui serves as its president and teaches classes.
Since 1982, Jing Hui has toured more than 10 countries across the world to promote Buddhism and enhance ties.