Due to Venerable Master’s lifetime efforts, Buddha’s Birthday was declared a national holiday to be held every lunar April 8th by the Legislative Yuan of Republic of China in 1999. In 2000, the first Buddha’s Birthday was celebrated nationally in conjunction with the celebration of the 2,000th anniversary of Buddhism’s spread into China. In October of 2001, he personally visited Ground Zero of the September 11th attack to pray for the victims. In December of the same year, he was invited to deliver a speech titled “The Direction to Work On in the Future” at the president’s office. In January 2002, he reached an agreement with China on the basic principles for the Buddha's finger relic Taiwan tour: “Hsing Yun to make the initiation; united effort in the escort; enshrinement and worship as one; safety as top priority.” He founded Taiwan's Buddhist Organizing Committee for the Buddha's Finger Relic Tour, which went to Famen Temple in Xi’an to escort the finger relic to Taiwan for a tour of thirty-seven days. An estimated five million people paid respect to the relic during the tour.
In July of 2003, Venerable Master was invited to participate in the Cross-strait Eradication of SARS—A Blessing for Wellness and World Peace Dharma Service in Nanputuo Temple of Xiamen; in November of the same year, he was invited to take part in the 1250th Anniversary Celebration of the Success of Master Jian Zhen's Journey to the East; later, at the invitation of the Religious Art Research Center of the Chinese National Academy of Arts, he led the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Hymn Choir to Beijing and Shanghai to perform; in February of 2004, Buddhists of the cross-straits came together to form the Chinese Buddhist Music Performing Group, which undertook a tour of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, the United States and Canada.
In March of 2006, he was invited by the reputed “learning academy with a history of a thousand years” -- Yuelu Academy of Changsha, Hunan to speak. In April of the same year, he was invited to the First World Buddhist Forum in Hangzhou, China, where he gave a speech on the theme of the conference. In 2009, the Buddha’s Light International Association, the Buddhist Association of China, China Religious Culture Communication Association, and the Hong Kong Buddhist Association jointly organized the Second World Buddhist Forum, which opened in Wuxi and closed in Taipei, writing a new page in the history of religious exchange between Taiwan, mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.
In September 2012, Venerable Master was invited to give a speech about “The Value of Faith” at the 6th Summer Davos World Economic Forum, becoming the first Buddhist leader to give a keynote speech since its establishment. Since 2010, Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s One-Stroke Calligraphy Exhibition has been toured the National Art Museum of China and the National Museum of China in Beijing upon invitation, also the first Buddhist monastic to have exhibited calligraphy in these museums. The exhibition subsequently toured various art galleries and museums around Mainland China including in Hainan, Tianjin, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi’s Taiyuan, Guangdong, Yunnan, Xiamen, Zhenjiang, Shanghai, Dalian, Shandong, Zhejiang, and Guangxi.