Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk from New York City. He obtained a BA in philosophy from Brooklyn College (1996) and a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School (1972). After completing his university studies he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received novice ordination in 1972 and full ordination in 1973. For many years he was the president and editor of the Buddhist Publication Society in Sri Lanka. He has been living at Chuang Yen Monastery since 2006. Ven. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit either as author, translator, or editor, most recently a translation of the entire Anguttara Nikaya, The numerical Discourses of the Buddha (Wisdom Publications 2012)/ In 2008, together with several of his students, Ven. Bodhi founded Buddhist Global Relief, a non profit supporting hunger relief, sustainable agriculture, and education in countries suffering from chronic poverty and malnutrition, In May 2013 was elected president of BAUS.
Venerable Elder Master Lok To, the first President of the Buddhist Association of the United States from 1964 – 1974, passed away in New York 2pm on 2011-Sep-2 peacefully surround by the Sangha and Lay Buddhist community. Funeral and Memorial services will be held in New York and Toronto.
Ven. Lok-To, born in 1923, was ordained as a novice monk at age 10. He was a disciple of the famous Ven. Tan Hsu (倓虛大師) of China. He came to the United States in 1963. After the establishment of the Buddhist Association of the United States, he had been the president for 10 years, and resigned after the second term. During the year of his service, he had built a solid foundation for BAUS. He was also the one of the three founders of the Chamshan Temple in Toronto, Canada and the Young Men’s Buddhist Association of America (美國佛教青年會). He mastered in English, and dedicated his time and energy on translation Buddhist text from Chinese to English. His work can be found through the website of “Young Men’s Buddhist Association of America”.
Funeral Service in New York:
2011-Sep-10 Saturday night 7:00-9:30pm at 全福殡仪馆 Chun Fook Funeral Services Inc. in Queens, near La Guardia airport, 134-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354, phone: (718) 353-2218.
2011-Sep-11 Sunday morning 9:00 to 11:30am. Then proceed to Green Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11232 for cremation.
(Manuscript, language: English; Date: undated, should be between 1964 – 1969; Source: Woo Ju Memorial Library)
“1923 was the year of my birth. When I was very young I entered the school for priesthood of Buddhist. Six year later I was ordained. Tien-tai school and Ch’an practice (Zen in Japanese) are my basic training in Buddhism.
I received advanced study in Chan Shan Temple, Tsingtao, China. Hereafter I went to Hong Kong to attend the Hwa Nan Research Institute of Buddhism and completed my research fellowship few years later. While in Hong Kong, I served as director of the Chinese Buddhist Society and was in charge of the Chinese Buddhist library. In 1962 the institute of Buddhism and Taoism in San Francisco invited me to preach Buddhism in this country. One year later I came to New York. Together with a number of devoted Buddhists, the Buddhist Association of the United States was founded in New York in the December of 1964. I was elected as the President and a director of the association.
My aim of the association is to promote the study and practice of Buddhism, to search for the Truth and Enlightenment and to obtain better understanding among all the religions. It is our belief that by doing so mankind may bring the world lasting peace and true happiness.”
Place: Bodhi Monastery, 67 Lawrence Road, Lafayette, NJ 07848
Memorial Service for Ven. Jen Chun, the Founder of Bodhi Monastery & Yin Shun Foundation and the Honorable President of the Buddhist Association of the United States will be held on 2/19/2011, Saturday 10am – 12 noon at Bodhi Monastery. Bodhi Monastery will also hold an Amitabha Buddha Ceremony on 2/12/2011 start from 10 am. Welcome monastics, lay practioners, Buddhist teachers to join the ceremony. For groups and monasteries who would like join the memorial service, please contact (973) 401-1633 or (973) 940 – 0473 before 2/16 to inform your size of people and transportation needs. Bodhi Monastery is located: 67 Lawrence Road，Lafayette, NJ 07848
Ven. Jen Chun (仁俊長老), the former president of the Buddhist Association of the United States and the founder and guiding teacher of Bodhi Monastery and Yin Shun Foundation, passed away in Taiwan 11:17pm on 2/9/2011. Ven. Jen Chun was born in Jiangsu Province in China in July 1919 and entered monastic life as a novice at the age of seven. At age 20 he entered the Buddhist academy of Tian–Ning Temple (天寧寺). Thereafter he studied at the Ming–Nan Buddhist Academy (閩南佛學院).
In 1949 he moved to Hong Kong, where he became a student of Master Yinshun (1906-2005), the foremost Chinese scholar-monk of modern times. He followed Master Yinshun to Taiwan in 1953 and taught at the Fu–yan Buddhist Academy (福嚴佛學院).
He moved to the U.S. in 1974. Here he was invited by BAUS to be the Abbot of “Temple of Enlightenment” and Vice President of the BAUS. He also served as the president of the Buddhist Association of the United States (BAUS) from 1980 ~ 1984, and 2002 ~ 2007, presented great leadership in shaping Buddhism development in America. Master Jen-Chun had led a simple life in New Jersey, teaching numerous followers. His goal is to create a pure form of Buddhism in the United States by emphasizing the study and practice of Dharma instead of ritual practices and ceremonies. He always reminded Buddhists, follow the Buddha’s teaching, not the Buddhist icons (依法不依人).
He had been the most senior Chinese monk in the greater New York area, and internationally was one of the most respected monks among the Buddhist populations of Taiwan, China, and Southeast Asia.
Ven. Ji-Xing was the President of the Buddhist Association of the United States (BAUS) from 2007 – 2013. He is also the superintendent of the Buddhist Triple Wisdom Hall in Penang, Malaysia and a lecturer at the Malaysian Buddhist Institute. He had been a teacher since 1960, and was a Principle (Head Teacher) for 23 years before ordinate as a monk in 1993. He regards Buddhism is the continuing education for life.
First BAUS facility in the Bronx, NY opened. 1965
Temple of Enlightenment founded. 1968
First Annual Membership Meeting held. Elected as trustees and officers were: President: Rev. Lok To (樂渡法師); Vice President: C.T. Shen (沈家楨居士) / S.J. Yue (俞時中居士). 1969
Woo Ju Shen donated a property which later became the site of the present Temple of Enlightenment (TOE). 1971
The Institute for the Translation of the Chinese Tripitaka (ITCT) formed in the Republic of China (Taiwan) to foster the aim of translating and publishing Buddhist scriptures in English.
The first Buddhist Dharma Service in Cathedral-of-the-Pines (C.O.P) in New Hampshire sponsored by BAUS. Led by Rev. Lok To (樂渡法師) and Rev. Sheu-Yen. C.T. Shen (沈家楨居士) delivered an address on “What we can learn from Buddhism”. 1975
• A series of Mahayana Discourses delivered by Rev. Jen-Chun (仁俊法師)
• Rev. Sheng-Yen (聖嚴法師) began giving meditation sessions at the TOE. 1976
The second Buddhist Dharma Service in Cathedral-of-the-Pines (C.O.P) in New Hampshire sponsored by BAUS. Led by Rev. Ming-Chi (敏智法師). A sermon entitled “The Fundamentals of Buddhism” given by Rev. Sheng-Yen (聖嚴法師), and a speech titled “May Flower” was delivered by C.T. Shen (沈家楨居士). 1977
First 7-day intensive Ch’an retreat held. 1978
An American student who participated the Ch’an class ordained as a Bhiksu in the Temple of Enlightenment. His dharma name was Kuo Jen (果忍法師). 1979 Rev. Yen-Pei (演培法師) delivered a series of lectures on the Chapter of Inconceivable Skill in Liberative Technique in the Vimalakirti Sutra. 1983
• Initial use of the first Thousand Lotus Terrace.
• Ground breaking ceremony of Kuan Yin Hall. 1984
Ven. Xian Ming became the abbot of CYM and TOE. 1985.5.11 Grand Opening Ceremony of .Kuan Yin Hall. 1984. 11.11
Twentieth Anniversary of BAUS held in TOE 1988
• Two lay people ordained with dharma names 成觀 and成如 in CYM
• Kitchen renovation at TOE completed.
• Woo Ju Shen fund to build a library at Chuang Yen Monastery begun. 1989
BAUS magazine renamed Wisdom Magazine.
Ground-breaking ceremony for the Great Buddha Hall. 1990 Lunch Service for general public begun at Chuang Yen Monastery.
The Buddhist Association of the United States was established by the efforts of Venerable Lok To (樂渡長老, 1923 ~), the late Upasika Yu-Tsing Hwang (姜黃玉靖居士), and the support of Upasaka C.T. Shen (沈家楨博士, 1913 ~ 2007). They had the vision that the ever-new wisdom embodied in the principles of Buddhism would be able to bring peace and happiness to a suffering and troubled world.
With other ardent Buddhists, they set up a place for Dharma practice in an apartment in the Bronx, New York, in early 1964. On October 21, 1964, a charter of non-profit incorporation was granted to the Buddhist Association of the United States (abbreviated as BAUS hereafter) by the State of New York.