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RESIDENT TEACHERS
Director Ven. Chang Hwa, Ph.D.
Venerable Chang-Hwa is the Director of Chan Meditation Center. After completing monastic education at Dharma Drum Sangha University in Taiwan and receiving full ordination in 2005, Venerable served as Director of the Department of International Relations and Development in DDM Taiwan. In addition to her current position as Director, Ven. Chang-Hwa also supervises DDM Dharmapala Groups in North America, gives public lectures and leads meditation programs. Venerable holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Venerable is fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese, and English.
Ven. Guo Sheng
This is Venerable's second term as a resident monastic at the Chan Meditation Center. Ven. Guo-Sheng graduated with an MBA from the University of Detroit in 1980. Venerable became a Buddhist in 1987 and served as a volunteer at CMC for 11 years. In 1998, Venerable entered Nung Chan Monastery in Taipei as a novice and received full ordination in 2000. After 3 years monastic training, Venerable returned to the CMC and served as Director and Treasurer from 2001 to 2004. From 2004 to 2011, Venerable served as Resident Master and a Counselor for the female students of Sangha University at DDM World Center for Buddhist Education. Venerable speaks Mandarin and English.
Ven. Chang Hao
Venerable Chang-Hao entered the Dharma Drum Sangha University (DDSU) in 2003. In 2006, Venerable received full ordination. After graduating from DDSU, Venerable has served in different positions at various DDM offices and centers in Taiwan, such as in Zhai Ming Monastery, Dharma Service Affairs Office and Sangha Education Department. She became a member, as the chanting leader, of the Chan Meditation Center in New York since 2017.
Venerable speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese.
Ven. Chang Kuan
Venerable Chang-Kuan entered the Dharma Drum Sangha University (DDSU) in 2004, studying under the Buddhist Study program. In 2006, Venerable received full ordination. Since 2008, Venerable has served in different DDM centers in Taiwan, such as Dharma Drum Degui Academy, Nung Chan Monastery and Zhai Ming Monastery. She became a member of the Chan Meditation Center in New York since 2017.
Venerable speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese, and understands English.
Ven. Chang Xun
Venerable Chang-Xun entered the Dharma Drum Sangha University (DDSU) in 2005. In 2007, Venerable received full ordination. After graduating from DDSU, Venerable has served in different positions at various DDM offices and branches in Taiwan, such as a Monastic Advisor in Visitor Service Office of the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education and Bao Yun Monastery. As a Disciplinary Nun and Executive officer in Dharma Service Affairs Office in DDM Headquarter. She become one of the resident members of the Chan Meditation Center in New York since 2019 in May.
Venerable speaks English, Mandarin and Taiwanese.
Ven. Chang Zhai
Venerable Chang-Zhai entered the Dharma Drum Sangha University (DDSU) in 2008, mainly studying under the Chan Practice program. In 2010, Venerable received full ordination. In 2012, after completing a 4-year monastic education at DDSUniversity in Taiwan, she returned to the U.S. and has served as a member of the Chan Meditation Center in New York until now.
Venerable speaks Mandarin and English.
LAY TEACHERS
Rikki Asher, Ph.D.
Rikki Asher is a certified Hatha yoga instructor and meditation teacher who began her practice with Master Sheng Yen in 1976. She teaches Beginners and Intermediate Meditation in Queens, NY, the C.G. Jung Institute of New York, and the Omega Institute in Rhineback, NY. She leads one day retreats at the Chan Meditation Center (CMC) and Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC) in Pine Bush, NY. She published a yoga book entitled, "Yoga: Harmonizing Body and Mind" and several articles and curriculum materials related to Buddhist art. She has given Dharma talks and talks about Buddhist art at various locales nationwide, including the Rubin Museum and the National Art Education Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a visual artist, and Director of Art Education at Queens College, City University of New York. She received her Doctorate in 1991 from Columbia University Teachers College and her MFA in painting at CUNY, Lehman College in 1981. In 2017, Rikki led Meditation classes at a New York C.Jungian Psychoanalyst Conference on Trauma.
Nancy Bonardi
Nancy began practicing meditation with Master Sheng Yen in May 1978. Since then, she has participated on retreats regularly. She has been the secretary for the Chan Meditation Center since 1979, and serves on the Board of Trustees. In 1999, she was among the first students to complete the Dharma Teacher Training program initiated by Shifu, Ven. Guo Yuan, and Guo Gu. She conducts Beginners' and Intermediate meditation classes, as well as one-day retreats. She has led metta and wellness workshops at retreats at the Dharma Drum Retreat Center in Pine Bush, New York, as well as at the Connecticut chapter of DDMBA and Stony Brook University. Nancy lives in Connecticut and teaches English to seventh graders.
Rebecca Li, Ph.D.
Rebecca attended her first seven-day intensive retreat with Chan Master Sheng Yen in 1996. Since then, she has attended intensive Chan retreats regularly and began translating for Master Sheng Yen in 1999. In the same year, she joined the teacher's training program at CMC for Dharma lecturers and meditation instructors led by Chan Master Sheng Yen and Ven. Guo Yuan. She teaches beginners' Dharma classes, meditation classes and workshops, conducts one-day retreats, and gives occasional Dharma talks at CMC. She also leads one-day and Beginner's Mind Retreats at DDRC, and teaches at some DDMBA local chapters. Rebecca is currently a member of the board of the Dharma Drum Retreat Center. Professionally, she is a sociology professor, and lives with her husband in New Jersey.
Peter Lin, Ph.D.
Peter Lin, a licensed psychologist, received an M.S. in Biostatistics from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (with an emphasis in Health Psychology) from Yeshiva University (Ferkauf Graduate School & Albert Einstein College of Medicine). His primary clinical training was at Weill Cornell Medical College, and his postdoctoral training was at the HIV Research Center of Columbia University. Peter has great interest in the parallelism between Western psychology and Buddhism. He integrates Chan teachings in his clinical work, and his research interest focuses on the effects of mindfulness meditation. Peter started his Buddhist practice since 1988, and in 2003, he began his Chan practice at Dharma Drum Mountain. Currently, Peter is a professor at St. Joseph's College, and has a private practice in New York City
Harry Miller
Harry Miller studied with Master Sheng Yen for over 30 years. He was editor of the Chan Newsletter for over 10 years, is a frequent contributor to Chan Magazine, and a lecturer at CMC. He is a board member of Dharma Drum Retreat Center and a member of the Dharma Teachers in Training at CMC. He holds a B.A in French and English literature from Sarah Lawrence, and an M.A. in Chinese Literature and M.Phil. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.
David Slaymaker, Ph.D.
David began practicing Soto Zen in 1992, and Chan with Master Sheng Yen in 1995. He teaches Beginner's Meditation Classes and Beginner's Dharma classes, leads One Day Chan Retreats, and gives occasional Dharma talks at the Chan Meditation Center in Queens, NY. He also leads One Day Retreats and weekend Beginner's Mind Retreats at the Dharma Drum Retreat Center in Pine Bush, NY. David has previously served on the Chan Meditation Center Board of Trustees, and currently resides in New Jersey where he is a professor of biology.
Bill Wright
Bill became interested in Buddhism as a high school student in the 1960s, and began studying Chan with Master Sheng Yen in 1992. He is a graduate of Chan Master Sheng Yen's Dharma Teacher Training Program, and has taught Dharma classes and lectured on Dharma topics for several years. Bill holds an A.B. degree from Cornell University and a law degree from Columbia University. He is a retired attorney and lives with his wife in New York City.
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