Our Founders

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Venerable Ming-San Shi

Ven. Ming-San Shi was born in Sichuan Province, and moved to Taipei, Taiwan, to receive ordination under Honorable Bai-Sheng Shi at Shi-Pu Temple.

Ven. Ming-San Shi was a Chán (Zen; 禪) practitioner, ritual master, and teacher of Buddhism in Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, and California. In 2002, Shifu was the chief founder of Pacific Buddha Sangha (太平佛僧; Taiping Fo Seng) in Monterey Park, California, and his global perspective continues to guide and inspire the heart of our Mission.

During his travels, Shifu visited Yogi Chen‘s only temple in the West, promoted chanting OM Manipadme HUNG (唵嘛呢叭𡄣吽), and was deeply motivated by the Four Great Vows of the Mahayana to benefit all beings:

__________“May I deliver all beings from difficulties.”
__________“May I eradicate all passions.”
__________“May I master all Dharmas.”
__________“May I lead all beings to Buddhahood.”

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Venerable Jue-Lu Shi

Ven.Jue-Lu Shi was born in Jiangxi Province, and moved to Taipei, Taiwan, to receive ordination under Honorable Bai-Sheng Shi at Shi-Pu Temple.

Pacific Buddha’s co-founder, Ven.Jue-Lu Shi, was a Pure Land (Jing Tu; 净土) practitioner, ritual master, and provider of inspiration and guidance for nearly twenty years to the local community in Monterey Park at the Prajna Buddhist Mission.

Concerned about the growing disconnection between his generation and younger Chinese people on both sides of the Pacific Ocean, and admiring the modernized style of Yogi Chen’s system of training in England, Shifu entrusted a sixth-generation Western Buddhist to continue his labors.

Guests at Shifu’s temple would often hear:

__________“Amitabha,”
__________“Amitabha,”
__________“Amitabha,”
__________“Amitabha.”


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