On 19 June 1969, Bhikshuni Heng Chih was initiated in Buddhist monastic life as a novice nun by Venerable Master Hsuan Hua at the Buddhist Lecture Hall in San Francisco, California, USA. Master Hua then arranged for his first five monastic disciples to travel to Taiwan to participate in an ordination platform, and on November 1969, Bhikshuni Heng Chih became a fully-ordained Buddhist nun. Thirteen years later, she was granted permission to receive ordination a second time at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, with Master Hua presiding as Precept Transmitting Master.
She is a founding member of the Buddhist Text Translation society and has served on various of the four committees in helping prepare English publications of texts and Master Hua’s commentaries for the Shurangama Sutra, the Dharma Flower Sutra, the Earth Store Sutra, the Vajra Sutra, the Hundred Dharmas Shastra, the Shurangama Mantra Verses, and for the Preface, Prologue and some chapters of the Avatamsaka Sutra.
She was awarded a B.A. upon entry and earned M.A. and Ph.D in Translation at Dharma Realm Buddhist University (DRBU).
She is a professor on the teaching faculty of DRBU and was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia, teaching Buddhist Philosophy from 2008-2013.
Over the years, she has been a resident monastic at several of DRBA’s branches in Canada and the United States, a visiting monastic in DRBA’s Asian branches, and currently serves as Monastic Advisor at Gold Coast Dharma Realm, Australia.
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Terri Hellerich June 22, 2017
She's so amazing, spiritual experiences that can't be put into words really. She is kind, intelligent, and patient. Great role model for female cultivators. A real inspiration.