Zen Master Gao Can was born in Quanzhou, Fujian Province of China in 1886. Ordained as a monk by Master Weijia at Meifeng Temple in Putian at the age of 13. Later went to Puji Temple of Nanhai in Zhejiang Province for monastic and martial training, where he studied martial arts with Grandmaster Hui Jing for over 10 years. He was one of the most appreciated in-door students.
Master Gao Can was a young man of noble ambition, bright and open-minded, and had always held the vision of Buddha to help others. At the age of about 27, he travelled to many places in China, and visited different people to study scriptures and mysteries together. Later, he met Master Zhi Hao at Zhentai, where he received all the authentic arts and practised hard to save all sentient beings.
He was highly respected by monks and people around for his constant practice of arts and preaching the Buddha’s teachings.
In 1947, he came to Singapore to preside over the Shuang Lin Monastery to teach Shaolin martial arts and accepted a wide range of disciples.
Sifu passed away in 1960 at the age of 74.