VEN. DR. THÍCH THIÊN-ÂN
Our other spiritual grandfather – and the founder of what is now Buddha Dharma University – was the Great Zen Master Dr. Thích Thiên Ân who proved to be an eclectic and highly realized Zen Teacher. He was close friends with Zen Master Seung Sahn and they both had Zen Centers in the Korea Town Section of Los Angeles, California.
His compassion and inclusiveness of all traditions, as well as his pioneering effort in ordaining women as equal with males is a cornerstone of our direction today.
Ven. Thích Thiên Ân’s adherence to educating the Sangha in a proper manner has been very unique with all of the Zen Masters who came to the West in the twentieth Century.
Ven. Dr. Thích Thiên Ân came to the United States from Vietnam in the summer of 1966 as an exchange professor. He taught philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles. After discovering that he was not only a renowned scholar, but a Zen Buddhist monk, as well, his students convinced him to teach Zen meditation and to start a Buddhist study group on the UCLA campus.
A few years later, his enthusiastic students encouraged Ven. Dr. Thích Thiên-Ân to apply for permanent residence and open a meditation center that included a place for practitioners to live and study Zen Buddhism. In 1970, he founded the International Buddhist Meditation Center in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles, California.
To learn more about Ven. Dr. Thích Thiên-Ân, seekers are invited to read his books: