A series in Da Ai Opera that adapts Buddhist parables into Taiwanese opera, Great Dharma Masters in History features the life stories of eminent Buddhist monks presented by the three major opera troupes in Taiwan. Combining traditional arts with modern technology, the series vividly illustrates how these Dharma masters pursued the Buddha's teachings with unwavering conviction and how they devoted themselves to spreading the Dharma with diligence and perseverance.

Dharma Master Fa Xian

25 episodes

At the ripe age of 62, Dharma Master Fa Xian set out on an arduous trek from China to India in search of Buddhist teachings. He was regarded as the first Dharma master to have introduced Buddhism to China and had written a book on his travels, which has become an essential historical reference for scholars and travelers alike.

Dharma Master An Shigao

20 episodes

A prince of the Parthian Empire who was well-versed in many languages, An Shigao renounced his claim to the royal throne to walk the spiritual path and become a Buddhist monk. After studying the Dharma in the Kushan Empire, he journeyed through many lands before arriving in China, where he stayed for over three decades and became known as the first person to translate Buddhist texts into Chinese and introduce the Buddha's teachings to China.

Dharma Master Hui Neng

25 episodes

Originally surnamed Lu, Dharma Master Hui Neng came from an impoverished family and made a living as a firewood peddler. One day, when he was returning home after a day's work, he heard someone reciting the Diamond Sutra and was deeply inspired. How did he eventually become the sixth great patriarch of Chan Buddhism, and why is the compilation of his teachings, the Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch, now regarded as a fundamental text of Chan Buddhism?

Dharma Master Zhi Zhe

25 episodes

Dharma Master Zhi Zhe, also known as Zhi Yi, turned to monastic life at the age of 18 after his parents passed away in war and chaos. At 23, he took refuge in Dharma Master Hui Si and eventually had an enlightenment experience through the meditative study of the Lotus Sutra. He was also known for being the first in the history of Chinese Buddhism to systematically classify the Buddha's teachings and to establish the first indigenous Buddhist school in China.

Dharma Master Jian Zhen

20 episodes

At the invitation of Japanese monks, Jian Zhen, an eminent Dharma master in Tang Dynasty in China, agreed to sail to Japan to help spread Buddhism and Buddhist precepts. This would be Ven. Jian Zhen's sixth attempt to go to Japan. As the journey across the sea was full of obstacles and even perishing, would Ven. Jian Zhen manage to arrive in Japan this time?

Dharma Master Hong Yi

20 episodes

Born to a wealthy family in 1880 and being one of the early pioneers to introduce western art forms to China, Li Shutong had achieved prominence as a gifted painter, musician, lyricist, dramatist, calligrapher, poet, and art teacher before he became Dharma Master Hong Yi in his late thirties. What exactly inspired him to give up such a life of great talent and to dedicate the rest of his life to promoting Buddhism?

Dharma Master Kumarajiva

20 episodes

Born to a princess of the Kingdom of Kucha, Kumarajiva renounced the lay life along with his mother at the tender age of seven. Young as he was, he had already committed several texts and sutras to memory. After becoming ordained at 20 years old, his fame reached China. This later led to his capture by a Chinese general who imprisoned him after seizing Kucha. What would happen to Kumarajiva during his years of capture?

Dharma Master Xuan Zang

20 episodes

Master Xuan Zang became a monk when he was only 13 years old. What he was most famous for is his pilgrimage along the Silk Road to India amidst warfare and the harsh elements in his search for Buddhist scriptures. How did he manage to reach India and bring back Buddhist teachings to China, and what trials and tribulations did he have to face along the way?

Dharma Master Fa Xian
25 episodes

At the ripe age of 62, Dharma Master Fa Xian set out on an arduous trek from China to India in search of Buddhist teachings. He was regarded as the first Dharma master to have introduced Buddhism to China and had written a book on his travels, which has become an essential historical reference for scholars and travelers alike.

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Dharma Master An Shigao
20 episodes

A prince of the Parthian Empire who was well-versed in many languages, An Shigao renounced his claim to the royal throne to walk the spiritual path and become a Buddhist monk. After studying the Dharma in the Kushan Empire, he journeyed through many lands before arriving into China, where he stayed for over three decades and became known as the first person to translate Buddhist texts into Chinese and introduce the Buddha's teachings into China.

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Dharma Master Hui Neng
25 episodes

Originally surnamed Lu, Dharma Master Hui Neng came from an impoverished family and made a living as a firewood peddler. One day, when he was returning home after a day's work, he heard someone reciting the Diamond Sutra and was deeply inspired. How did he eventually become the sixth great patriarch of Chan Buddhism, and why is the compilation of his teachings, the Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch, now regarded as a fundamental text of Chan Buddhism?

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Dharma Master Zhi Zhe
25 episodes

Dharma Master Zhi Zhe, also known as Zhi Yi, turned to monastic life at the age of 18 after his parents passed away in war and chaos. At 23, he took refuge in Dharma Master Hui Si and eventually had an enlightenment experience through the meditative study of the Lotus Sutra. He was also known for being the first in the history of Chinese Buddhism to systematically classify the Buddha's teachings and to establish the first indigenous Buddhist school in China.

Watch
Dharma Master Jian Zhen
20 episodes

At the invitation of Japanese monks, Jian Zhen, an eminent Dharma master in Tang Dynasty in China, agreed to sail to Japan to help spread Buddhism and Buddhist precepts. This would be Ven. Jian Zhen's sixth attempt to go to Japan. As the journey across the sea was full of obstacles and even perishing, would Ven. Jian Zhen manage to arrive in Japan this time?

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Dharma Master Hong Yi
20 episodes

Born to a wealthy family in 1880 and being one of the early pioneers to introduce western art forms to China, Li Shutong had achieved prominence as a gifted painter, musician, lyricist, dramatist, calligrapher, poet, and art teacher before he became Dharma Master Hong Yi in his late thirties. What exactly inspired him to give up such a life of great talent and to dedicate the rest of his life to promoting Buddhism?

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Dharma Master Kumarajiva

20 episodes

Born to a princess of the Kingdom of Kucha, Kumarajiva renounced the lay life along with his mother at the tender age of seven. Young as he was, he had already committed several texts and sutras to memory. After becoming ordained at 20 years old, his fame reached China. This later led to his capture by a Chinese general who imprisoned him after seizing Kucha. What would happen to Kumarajiva during his years of capture?

Watch
Dharma Master Xuan Zang
20 episodes

Master Xuan Zang became a monk when he was only 13 years old. What he was most famous for is his pilgrimage along the Silk Road to India amidst warfare and the harsh elements in his search for Buddhist scriptures. How did he manage to reach India and bring back Buddhist teachings to China, and what trials and tribulations did he have to face along the way?

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