Venerable Man Yuan’s Biography
Venerable Man Yuan is one of the members at San Diego Buddhist Association (a.k.a. Hsi Fang Temple). She is currently in charge of managing the kitchen, cooking vegetarian food to serve everyone after Sundays’ services. She is also the head of maintenance and general services at the temple. She always try her best in providing the best services to the devotees and community.
She joined Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order in 1987 and full ordained in 1988. She serviced in different temples in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paraguay, and now serving at Hsi Fang Temple, San Diego.
Introduction to Venerable Miaozang
Venerable Miaozang is the current Secretary of San Diego Buddhist Association, also known as Hsi Fang Temple. She started her service in San Diego since October 2014. She teaches in introductory and intermediate meditation and Buddhist classes in English on weekends at the temple. She leads meditation retreats at the temple for the local community. Besides these, she gives tours and introduces Buddhism to students from different colleges and universities, especially University of California, San Diego, University of San Diego, Palomar College and other Community Colleges. Occasionally, she provides counselling in both Chinese and English to the devotees or any walk-ins who needed spiritual advices. Every quarter, she organizes Meditation for Mother Earth with the collaboration of the Buddha’s Light International Association (B.L.I.A.), San Diego Chapter, in cleaning the Balboa Park Old Dessert Garden and outdoor meditation. Every year, the BLIA collaborate with Panda Express in having cultural performances and provides dinner to the kids and families at Ronald McDonald’s House. She leads the candles prayer for the families.
The Venerable is borned and raised in Malaysia. She joined Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order, based in Kaohsiung Taiwan in 2003 and made lifetime vow in renouncing as a Buddhist Monastic in Jan. 2006. She was given the renounced name of Venerable Miaozang (Chinese name which means auspicious treasures). After four years’ Buddhist training, she graduated with distinction in Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies in Fo Guang Shan Tsung Lin University. After graduation, she was assigned in different Buddhist temples in Taiwan, serving the community by sharing meditation and Buddhist practices. Then, she was assigned to serve at Hsi Lai Temple, Hacienda Heights, in 2009 to 2014 in teaching Buddhist studies and leading meditation retreats there. Also, there were consistent outreach to different educational institutions in sharing a few significant Buddhist celebrations, like Chinese New Year, Buddha’s Birthday, Sangha Day and etc. At the same time, she also volunteered in administration at the University of the West, located in Rosemead, Los Angeles, which is an affiliated higher education institution of Fo Guang Shan.