The First American Sangha

 
The first five disciples to leave the home-life under the Venerable Master were ordained in Taiwan. Also seen in this photo are Taiwanese laypeople who have brought forth the Bodhi mind and made offerings to the Sangha
 

The first five disciples to leave the home-life under the Venerable Master were ordained in Taiwan. Also seen in this photo are Taiwanese laypeople who made offerings to the Sangha.

In 1968, the Shurangama Study and Practice Summer Session was held, and over thirty students from the University of Washington in Seattle came to study the Buddhadharma. After the session was concluded, five young Americans [Bhikshus Heng Chyan, Heng Jing, and Heng Shou, and Bhikshunis Heng Yin and Heng Ch'ih] requested permission to shave their heads and leave the home-life, marking the beginning of the Sangha in the history of American Buddhism.