His Holiness, Living Buddha Lian-sheng (Grand Master Sheng-Yen Lu) is the Root Guru of True Buddha School. He is referred to as “Grand Master” by his disciples and he is regarded as an emanation of Amitabha Buddha.

As a lineage holder of the Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug schools of Tibetan Buddhism, Living Buddha Lian-sheng has attained the highest fruition in those schools, including the Great Perfection, Mahamudra, Lamdre, and the Yamantaka Tantra.

Living Buddha Lian-sheng teaches both exoteric and esoteric Buddhism, and also incorporates elements of Zen and Taoism into his teachings. He emphasizes actual practice and encourages students to integrate his Buddhist teachings into their daily lives. The quintessence of his personal journey, his methods of cultivation and his realization are embodied in the True Buddha Tantra, which is an inspiring, practical, and powerful teaching that is well-suited for contemporary society. Living Buddha Lian-sheng leads a disciplined life which includes spiritual practice, teaching, writing, and painting. He is an excellent model for spiritual cultivators in these modern times. 

As of today, over 5 million people have taken refuge in True Buddha School. With over 300 chapters and temples worldwide, True Buddha School is recognized as a major Buddhist sect. Living Buddha Lian-sheng has written over 290 books, in Chinese, on Vajrayana Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Taoism and feng shui. Many of these books are now being translated into English and various other languages.