2017 YSF Dharma Retreat Teachers Bio-note
Venerable Bhikṣu Changtzu is a Taiwanese monk born in Taipei, Taiwan. He graduated in 1995 from the Department of Atmospheric Science at the National Central University in Taiwan with a major in meteorology and went on to receive his Masters degree in 1997 from the Institute of Space Science.
Bhikṣu Chang Tzu was ordained by Venerable Hou-Guan in 2000. He then studied advanced Buddhism at the Fuyan Institute until 2002 and studied specialized Buddhist programs at the graduate school until 2005. He has conducted dharma lessons at the Bodhi Monastery in New Jersey, USA, during their winter and summer courses in 2006–2013.
He did his PhD research at the University of Sydney in 2007–2012, where he was researching Buddhism relevant to early Mahayana doctrine. His research in particular focused on the formation, transmission and use of texts, involving the comparative study of Chinese, Sanskrit, Tibetan and Pali sources. In 2013, Bhikṣu Changtzu obtained a PhD in Buddhist studies from the University of Sydney. He is currently a lecturer at the Fuyan Buddhist Institute.
A Mahāyāna Buddhist nun from Taiwan.
1992, graduated from Chongsan Medical College, Taiwan.
1995, received master degree from the Department of Developmental
Disabilities at New York University
2011, received novice ordination.
2012, received full ordination in Taiwan.
2013, graduated from Yitong Buddhist College in Taiwan.
2013-current, resides at Metropolitan Buddhist Center in Flushing, NY, leading Buddhist study group, assisting meditation class, helping and organizing Dharma lectures.
Venerable Bhikṣuṇī Yan Rong currently resides in Australia. Her main focus is working with the Taiwan Yinshun Foundation on the translation of Master Yinshun’s texts from Chinese to English. She first encountered Buddhism in 1996 while studying for an Economics Degree at the University of Sydney and she has continued to pursue Buddhist studies ever since. From 1997 to 2010 she participated in the translation and editing of Buddhist articles, as well as the organization of youth activities such as winter camps and festival nights at the Hwa Tsang Monastery.
Education and Training
1995-97 Bachelor of Economics & Finance, University of Sydney
2011 Received novice ordination under Venerable Parikaruṇā
2012 Received full ordination at the Fayun Chan Monastery
2011-16 Degree in Buddhist Studies, Yitung Buddhist Institute
A Mahayana Buddhist nun born in Hong Kong, migrated to New Zealand at 14.
2000-2004 BFA, Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Auckland (NZ)
2004-2006 MFA, Master of Fine Arts, University of Auckland (NZ)
2011-2015 A Bachelor Degree in Buddhist Studies, Yitung Buddhist Institute (TW)
2015 Received full ordination in Taiwan.
A Sangha member of Vihara Dharma Suci. [Jakarta, Indonesia; Auckland, New Zealand].
An art teacher at Sekolah Dharma Suci, Jakarta, Indonesia.