Venerable Master Ming Kuang
Born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1952.
Frequented Hai Ming Monastery in student days, and inspired by Reverend Wu Ming.
Ordained by Rev. Sheng Hsiung at Da Hsiung Vihara in 1978 and appointed as the abbot in 1983 as well as founded Buddhist class and summer camp for children.
Founder and Director of Georgia Buddhist Summer Camp.
1952年出生於台灣台北,幼年長流連於海明寺,受教於悟明長老,法師於1978年依止於 聖雄法師,並於台北大雄精舍出家,1983年被聘為大雄精舍住持,1988年應邀到美國莊嚴 寺,主持兒童夏令營,1993年擔任莊嚴寺方丈,法師現任台北觀音禪院、日月潭玄裝寺住 持、中華民國國策顧問,也是喬治亞州夏令營創始人。
Venerable Reverend Heng Sure 恆實法師
Rev. Heng Sure, Ph.D., is ordained as a Buddhist monk in the Chinese Mahayana tradition at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Talmage, California, in 1976. Born in Toledo, Ohio, he was finishing his M.A. in Oriental Languages at the University of California, Berkeley when he met his teacher, the late Chan Master Hsuan Hua (1916–1995). After receiving full ordination, he commenced a “Three Steps, One Bow” pilgrimage dedicating his efforts to World Peace with Dr. Martin Verhoeven (formerly Heng Ch’au). Traveling up the California coast highway from South Pasadena to Ukiah, a distance of over six hundred miles in two years and nine months. During this time, he maintained a vow of silence which he extended after the pilgrimage for a total of 6 years.
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, French, and Japanese, Rev. Sure regularly leads lectures, seminars, and retreats in a variety of venues on at least three continents a year. He holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley and serves as President of both Dharma Realm Buddhist Association and the Buddhist Text Translation Society. He is also the Managing Director of Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, Professor at Dharrma Realm Buddhist University, and a guest lecturer at Bond University, Australia. He lectures worldwide on Buddhism, Buddhist texts, translation, meditation, comparative religion, and interfaith dialogue and has published albums of original Buddhist folk music.
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Reverend Gala Rinpoche
Born in Central Tibet in 1975.
In 1991, Rinpoche was recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the 7th reincarnation of Gala Tulku, a reincarnated teacher from the Batha Monastery in Kham Dege, Eastern Tibet.
Received his vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama -- novice vows at Drepung Loseling Monastery and full ordination vows in Dharmasala, both in India.
Rinpoche is currently the resident monk of Drepung Loseling Monastery in Houston, Texas.
法師1975年生於西藏,1991年經達賴喇嘛認定為喝喇吐庫的第七世轉世,剃度於西藏東 部城市Kham Dege的Batha寺,經歷過許多講經與佛學營的籌備。現任Houston Drepung Loseling寺之常住師父。
Drepung Loseling Monastery: www.drepung.org
Jin He Shi
Jin He Shi ordained as a fully ordained Buddhist monk in 2013. He began living in the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in 2009 and became a novice monk in 2011. Originally from Malaysia, Jin He went to university in Australia and got a degree in Economics and Finance. He later worked as a strategic business consultant before deciding to become a monk.
City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (English): www.cttbusa.org
Bhikshu Jin Chuan ordained as a Buddhist monk in 2013 and is now an instructor at Dharma Realm Buddhist University and Berkeley Buddhist Monastery in California. As an American-born Asian-American, his everyday life is a constant negotiation of traditional Chinese and modern Western values. As a typical second-generation Asian-American growing up in the Silicon Valley, he grew up studying mostly science, math, and technology and playing a lot of basketball. However, at the end of high school in 1999, to the surprise of himself and his family, he realized his path in life was to be a monastic. Before leaving home, Reverend Jin Chuan graduated from Stanford University with an M.A. in Religious Studies and a B.S. in Physics.
法師1999年高中畢業，進入名校史丹福大學主修物理，後再繼續於史大攻讀研究所，並獲得宗教 學系碩士學位，出乎家人、朋友的預料，2013年受具足戒，法師是華人的第二代，精通中 英文語文。
Dharma Realm Buddhist University: www.drbu.org
Instilling Goodness Elementary & Developing Virtue Secondary Schools: www.igdvs.org
法界佛教大學 / 育良小學, 培德中學 : www.drbachinese.org
Venerable Thich Thanh Dieu Giac (aka Master Tran) received full ordination Bhikshuni in 2003 at Kim Son Monastery, CA. She studied with Zen Master Most Venerable Khippapanno Kim Trieu under Theravada tradition in 1993. Then studied with Zen Master Most Venerable Thich Tinh Tu under Mahayana tradition in 1996. And studied with Zen Master Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh under Mahayana & engaged Buddhism in 2004. Since 2003 until today, she is teaching and guiding meditation retreats for multiple Buddhist Associations and lay Buddhists Sangha, as well as a guest speaker for Episcopal churches, private business firms, colleges and students of all grades. Master Tran was appointed as an abbot for Quan Am Nam Hai Monastery in Panama City, Florida by the Vietnamese Sangha Congregation In America in 2012 – present.
Quan Am Nam Hai Monastery: http://quanamnamhai.org/
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