in Toledo, Ohio, Rev. Heng Sure attended the University of California
at Berkeley in the 1960s. During his time at the university, Heng
Sure was active in theatre. At an early age, Heng Sure learned Chinese
from studying the language in high school and by means of his sister,
who worked at the U.S. Information Agency.
After receiving his masters in Oriental languages, he met his teacher,
Master Hsuan Hua, who would later
ordain him in 1976 at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Reverend
Heng Sure currently serves as Director of the Berkeley Buddhist
Monastery and teaches at the Institute for World Religions. While
finishing an M.A. in Oriental Languages at UC Berkeley. He also
completed a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union(GTU) in 2003.
Ven. Heng Sure commenced a threesteps, one bow pilgrimage after
receiving full ordination in the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism.
With fellow monk, Heng Chau, he travelled more than 600 miles up
the California Coastal Highway from Pasadena to Ukiah, making a
full prostration to the ground every three steps. They dedicated
their efforts to world peace. The journey took over two years and
nine months to complete. During the pilgrimage and for the following
6 years, he observed a practice of total silence.
See also Rev. Heng Sure's talk
on veganism and his short
teaching on Bodhicitta
on Heng Sure's pilgrimage see the picture
album at IJourney.Org and his book
News From True Cultivators - Letters to the Venerable
Abbot Hua [download
here in PDF 1.6 MB]