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Founder of Huafan University

founderThe Ven. Hiu Wan, Founder of Huafan University

Before her ordination, the Ven. Hiu Wan, or Yu Wan-shan, was one of the most acclaimed female Chinese brush painters of the twentieth century. Under the guidance of Kao Chien-fu, the master of the Ling-nan School, she majored in art at Kwangtung College of Humanities and Technology and later at the Art College of Hong Kong. For years, she had been a visiting professor to Tagore University in India, where she taught in the Art Department and had traveled extensively. She had studied and reproduced the most representative mural paintings at Ajanta and had held art exhibitions all over the world. She was renowned for her Ch'an or Zen paintings and her invention of the modern Buddhist scriptural illustrations.

As prestigious as she had been after her ordination, she resolved never to build a temple or be an abbess. Education had always been her primary concern. Once she said, "Education is my life. I will be with it as long as I can breathe." She had founded both Tien-tai School and Hui-hai School in Hong Kong before being invited to Taiwan in 1966 to direct the Graduate Institute of Buddhism at the College of Chinese Culture. In the years to follow, she had also founded the Lotus Buddhist Seminary, the Institute for Sino-Indian Buddhist Studies, and had hosted the International Conference on Buddhist Education and Culture. In 1989, Huafan University was founded in fulfillment of her ideals—the Education of Enlightenment and the integration of Humanities and Technology.

For her singular achievement in education, arts, religion, and writing, the Ven. Hiu Wan was awarded the Cultural Medal, the nation's highest civic honor, by the government in 1997. In October 2006, she passed away, but her ideals and her long-lasting influence on education will remain forever.

創辦人曉雲法師

  創辦人曉雲法師,早歲潛修藝術於廣東文理學院,並入香港美術學院深造。後師事嶺南畫祖高劍父大師,且遊學印度,於泰戈爾大學任美術系客座教授多年。曾臨摹阿姜塔佛教壁畫,畫藝精湛,有「嶺南女畫傑」之盛譽,曾於世界多國舉辦畫展,且發明「現代經變圖」。曉雲法師一生不建廟、不任住持,終身以教育為職志,曾說:「教育與我的生命是一體的,它將陪我到生命的最後一天」,曾於文化大學佛教藝術研究所講學,創辦蓮華學佛園、華梵佛學研究所,並於民國79年創辦華梵大學;86年榮獲行政院文化獎。
曉雲法師集教育、宗教、藝術、文學於一身,終生置身文化教育工作,著作與畫作甚豐,創辦「清涼藝展」及「國際佛教教育暨文化研討會」,迄今仍定期舉行,對於佛教藝術及教育之推廣不遺餘力。曉雲法師於民國93年圓寂,其「覺之教育」之理念對於華梵大學及教育界影響甚深。