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Rev. Heng Sure

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Rev. Heng Sure, Ph.D., is senior disciple of the late Venerable Master Hsuan Hua. In 1976, he was ordained as a Buddhist monk at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Ukiah, California. His Dharma name, “Heng Sure,” means “Constantly Real.”

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Rev. Heng Sure was finishing his Master's degree in Oriental Languages at the University of California, Berkeley when he met his teacher, the late Venerable Master Hsuan Hua. After receiving full ordination in the Mahayana tradition of Chinese Buddhism, he commenced a “Three Steps, One Bow” pilgrimage, dedicating his efforts to world peace. Rev. Heng Sure traveled more than eight hundred miles up the California coastal highway from South Pasadena to Ukiah, making full prostrations to the ground every three steps. The journey took two years and six months. During the pilgrimage, and for three years following, he kept a strict vow of silence. A journal of the pilgrimage, With One Heart, Bowing to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, was subsequently printed in nine volumes, including translations into Chinese. Two volumes of correspondence, Letters From True Cultivators, including translations into Chinese and Vietnamese.

Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, French, and Japanese, Rev. Heng Sure speaks on Buddhism’s encounter with the West in venues as diverse as the Parliament of the World's Religions, the Chautauqua Institution, the International Solid States Circuit Convention, and the Vegsource.com Healthy Lifestyle Expo. He often lectures on the Avatamsaka Sutra and provides meditation instruction for Buddhist practitioners.

Rev. Heng Sure currently serves as Director of the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery. He holds a Doctorate in Religion from the Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley, California, where he also currently co-teaches a class on Buddhist-Christian Dialogue. Furthermore, he represents Buddhism on the Global Council of the United Religions Initiative and serves on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio. Rev. Heng Sure regularly speaks to audiences around the world on topics as diverse as human values in the hi-tech world, translating Buddhist praises into English, and eating a harmless diet--himself being a vegetarian since 1969 and a vegan since 1980. He is also an accomplished musician and guitarist. In 2008, Heng Sure published his first music CD "Paramita: American Buddhist Folk Songs"