Bliss & Wisdom expels first abbot and legal owner of Fengshan Monastery, Ven Fan Yin (梵因法師)
Bliss and Wisdom (福智團體) posted the following statement on their website on the 16th of July:
Venerable Fan Yin left the sangha without approval on the 1st of June, 2017. Ven Fan Yin has been slandering and spreading false information about our beloved teachers Master Jih-Chang and Teacher Zhen-Ru, as well as the sangha, both inside and outside the sangha. The abbot and the sangha committee have decided to formally remove Venerable Fan Yin’s registration in the bhikshu sangha. He will no longer be a part of Bliss and Wisdom.
Any matters concerning his observance of the vinaya and legal responsibilities, shall be borne by himself alone, and shall have no connection with the Bliss and Wisdom organization.
Sincerely, Bliss and Wisdom organization
According to information obtained from the Ministry of the Interior, Republic of China (Taiwan), the legal owner of Fengshan Monastery is Mr Chien Ching-Hwa (Venerable Fan Yin, first abbot of Fengshan Monastery). For a new legal owner to be appointed, he must be selected by the abbot, approved by the committee with a 50% majority, and recognized by at least 50% of the temple’s devotees.