Lin Ching-hsuan

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Lin Ching-hsuan
Native name
Born(1953-02-26)26 February 1953
Fengshan, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Died23 January 2019(2019-01-23) (aged 65)
Pen nameQin Qing
NationalityRepublic of China
EducationShih Hsin University
GenreZen Prose
Notable worksLian Hua Kai Luo, Leng Yue Zhong Di, Wen Yi Hu Yue Guang Xia Jiu

Lin Ching-hsuan (Chinese: 林清玄; pinyin: Lín Qīngxuán; 26 February 1953 – 23 January 2019) was a Taiwanese essayist who won numerous prizes. He used several pen names including Qin Qing (秦情), Lin Li (林漓), Lin Da-bei (林大悲), among others.


Early years[edit]

Lin Ching-hsuan was born in Kaohsiung to an ordinary peasant family. Being interested in writing, he decided to become a writer since he was only eight years old. With his talent in writing, he started to publish articles in newspapers. Lin won the first prize in the Tainan writing competition during his high school days. After graduating from high school, he went to Shih Hsin University. In his college years, he published his first book Lian Hua Kai Luo (《蓮花開落》). Then, he was employed as a journalist, which provided him a chance to research into and get better understanding of the social status quo. Also, drawing on his experience of interviewing people in social affairs, his own writings were closely related to everyday life and current affairs. By the age of thirty, he had been awarded almost all the important prizes in the Taiwan literature circle.

After thirty years old[edit]

Lin Ching-hsuan started to learn Buddhism systematically by reading and studying the Buddhist sutras. Besides, he went to stay in a temple to develop his understanding of Buddhism and cultivate his spirituality from the age of thirty-two to thirty-five. In this three years study in the temple, he has obtained a more merciful and peaceful attitude towards life, and he found that his spirituality was sublimated. Owing to the study of Buddhist thought, he rethought the meaning of life. He wrote all these new understandings in a series of books which were then published under the name Shen Xin An Dun (《身心安頓》). This new series was made the bestseller in the 1990s. As a middle-age man with a writing career, he completed his representative work the Bodhi Series (《菩提系列》). Additionally, his edited a collection of Modern Buddhist Scriptures (《現代佛經系列》 ) which immediately aroused a craze for Buddhist study among the public. For this contribution, Lin was granted the Outstanding Dutiful Son Prize (傑出孝子獎). Then, he published his books (《打開心内的門窗》,《走向光明的所在》) in the audio format, which were thought high by readers. Moreover, most his recent literary works are highly recommended to the youth as compulsory reading. Lin Ching-hsuan totally has published more than a hundred books and they are widely read in the Chinese-speaking word.[1][better source needed]

He died after a heart attack on 23 January 2019 at the age of 65.[2]

Critical reputation[edit]

In 1996, Lin Ching-hsuan announced that he had ended his seventeen-year marriage with his first wife. He remarried a younger woman in the next year. Compared to the general purpose of his articles that is to show the right value to society, Lin's divorce and remarriage were opposite to this purpose. As a result, his image of a spiritual teacher is ruined. These personal issues of Lin created an intense conflict between him and his readers. Some readers criticized him as a hypocrite. Some female organizations burned his books in order protest against his hypocrisy. Therefore, Lin was under enormous pressure from the public opinions, and he stopped publishing for a long time.[3]

List of main works[edit]

Lin Ching-hsuan has over one hundred publications.

In 1970s[edit]

  • 《蓮花開落》Lian Hua Kai Luo
  • 《冷月鐘笛》Leng Yue Zhong Di

In 1980s[edit]

  • 《溫一壺月光下酒》Wen Yi Hu Yue Guang Xia Jiu
  • 《白雪少年》Bai Xue Shao Nian
  • 《鴛鴦香爐》Yuan Yang Xiang Lu
  • 《迷路的雲》Mi Lu De Yun
  • 《金色印象》Jin Se Yin Xiang
  • 《玫瑰海洋》Mei Gui Hai Yang

After 1980s[edit]

  • 《菩提系列》Bodhi Series
  • 《在雲上》Zai Yun Shang
  • 《清音五弦》Qing Ying Wu Xian


  1. ^ Bingtanghulu (《冰糖葫蘆》), 2011. "Lin Ching-hsuan" Hudong WIKI. Accessed 21 September 2012.
  2. ^ Wang, Yi-ju; Wei, Yun-ling; Wang, Flor (23 January 2019). "Famous writer Lin Ching-hsuan dies at age 65". Central News Agency. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Taiwan Literary Authors Series: Lin Ching-hsuan" (台灣文學作家系列). Accessed 2015-11-07.