United Sangha Major Members

A Brief Introduction of the United Sangha members
 

Master Thay Vien Giac:

(Thay means teacher in Vietnamese)
Born in Vietnam and became monk at the age of 16. He has been a monk for 39 years.
In 1970s, he came to Canada and has devoted himself to the study, practice and teaching of Buddhism.
Current position: abbot and founder of Chan Nguyen Monastery in Langley, BC.

 

Ashin Ghosaka:

(Ashin means teacher in Burmese language)
Born in Myanmar and became a monk in 1985. Trained in the Burmese Theravada tradition. Has been monk for 30 years.
In 2004 came to Toronto, Canada as an assistant monk of Mahadhammika Temple.
In 2009 came to Vancouver, Canada.
Current position: abbot and founder of Buddharamsi Temple in Richmond, BC.

 

Shifu Zhihan:

Born in Taiwan and raised in Vancouver, Canada.
In 1993 returned to Taiwan to become monk. Trained in the Taiwanese Mahayana tradition. He has been a monk for 21 years.
Current position: director of Bodhiyana Buddhist Education Society in Canada, and abbot of Tzong Kwan Temple in Brazil.

 

Lama Tsewang:

Lama Tsewang, head of the Surrey Buddhist Centre. He is of the Vajrayana tradition and teaches meditation regularly on Saturday mornings in Surrey for those interested.

 

Shifu Showshir:

Born in Taiwan and raised in Vancouver, Canada.
In 1995 returned to Taiwan to become a nun. Trained in the Taiwanese Mahayana tradition. She has been nun for 19 years.
Current position: president of Bodhiyana Buddhist Education Society

 

Shifu Showshao:

Born in Taiwan and became a nun in 1995. She has been nun for 19 years.
Trained in the Taiwanese Mahayana tradition. She studied in the Pureland School for 7 years and the Vinaya School for 10 years in Taiwan. And, in 2012, she came to Vancouver to help disseminate Buddhism.
Current position: treasurer of Bodhiyana Buddhist Education Society.

 

Shifu Chang Xing

Born in Taiwan and became monk at the age of 29. Has been a monk for 13 years.
Trained in the Mahayana tradition of Taiwan.
In 2011 year, came to Canada to study in the post graduate program.

 

Shifu En-ting

Born in Taiwan and immigrated to Canada in 1997. As a lay buddhist, she was actively involved in helping many of the Taiwanese Buddhist Temples in Vancouver.
In 2004, she decided to become a nun, committing herself fully to the practice and dissemination of Buddhism.