Ven. Chi Chern Fashi
Ordained by Master Zhu Mo in Penang, Malaysia, Chi Chern Fashi studied at the Fo Guang Buddhist College in Taiwan. Following two seven-day retreats with Chan Master Sheng Yen (Shifu) in 1980, a period of fasting at the Institute of Buddhist Culture (Wen Hua Guan) led to a profound experience that he describes as being like “a stroke of lightning in a dark night, [giving him] a glimpse of the path and destination.” With Shifu’s confirmation, he returned to Malaysia to teach meditation. He received Dharma transmission from Chan Master Sheng Yen in 1986. Chi Chern Fashi is currently the principal of the Malaysian Buddhist Institute, and is one of the most respected meditation teachers in Malaysia and Singapore. He continues to lead retreats in Southeast Asia, the United States, and Europe. After recent retreats in Croatia, Poland, and Switzerland, he has been sought after as his detailed instruction, straightforward manner, yet relaxed and affable character have earned him a high level of esteem in the European continent.
Ven. Guo Yuan Fashi
Guo Yuan Fashi is a Buddhist monk trained in Chan Buddhism. In 1985 he first encountered Master Sheng Yens teachings while attending a seven-day retreat in New York. He then decided to become a disciple before finally leaving his job in Toronto, Canada, to become a monk in the Chan tradition. He was ordained in 1987 in Taiwan. For over twenty years, he accompanied and became translator to Master Sheng Yen in various Chan meditation retreats in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, and Mexico.
He studied Theravada Buddhism for a year in Thailand in 1991. Upon returning from Thailand, Guo Yuan Fashi was elected abbot of both the Chan Meditation Center (CMC) in Queens and the Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC) in Pine Bush, New York. His responsibilities included attending interfaith services, teaching meditation, and giving lectures on Buddhism. In 2006 he became the director of the International Chan Retreat Center in Dharma Drum Mountain, Taiwan. In 2016 he returned to Pine Bush to become once again the abbot of DDRC. Fluent in Mandarin, Vietnamese, and English, he leads Chan retreat in many countries around the world.