The Bodhi Mirror



Dharma Master Liu Ng's family name was Teng and he was given the personal name Jun-ch'uan.  He was born in Canton, China, on the fifth day of the seventh month in 1949. His affinities with the Buddhadharma manifested early, and he was quite young when he took refuge with the Triple Jewel.  He was given the Dharma name Sheng Ch'uan, "Sacred Fountain."

His intelligence and good roots very quickly led him to realize, his calling, and on the anniversary of the birth of Sakyamuni Buddha in 1966 he left the home life under his teacher, the Elder Master Miao Feng at Tung Po Temple in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

This makes him one of very few young men who  have left the home life in Asia to continue the life of the Buddhadharma, and his desire to turn back its demise in the Far East is especially worthy.
      After attending the elementary school of the Buddhist Youth Association in Hong Kong, he went on to graduate from Great Light Buddhist Middle School (the equivalent of high school in the United States).  As one of the first Buddhist monks to pursue a course of study in an American college, he holds a unique position in the international cultural exchange that is bringing Buddhism to Western countries.  He is currently in his second year of study at Vincennes University in Indiana.

When discussing his involvement with the Buddhadharma, Dharma Master Liu Ng said, "In his last years my late Master, the Elder Master Miao Feng, exclusively cultivated Pure Land Dharmas, and exhorted people to recite the Buddha's name.  It was because I drew close to the Master that I came to know the importance of the Buddhadharma.  The more I learned, the more I observed the deficiencies in the young Sangha.  This worried me because the preservation of the transmission of the Buddhadharma rests entirely within the Jewel of the Sangha.  In order to eternally preserve the wisdom-life of the orthodox teaching of the Buddha, the Sangha must be in harmony with the times and flourish.  Then the teaching will not be cut off.

"My resolve, therefore, is to work to cause Buddhism to be in accord with the progress and development of society: this is most important.  To accomplish this it is first necessary to establish a good foundation through education, to take it upon oneself to maintain the precepts, and to outwardly be willing to offer one's entire life to Buddhism. It is my hope that there will be many who will work together with vigor to fulfill this aim."




The ideal upon which the United States of America is built was fashioned by our forefathers from independence, courage, and compassion toward all so that every person might have the right to seek his own liberation, free from oppression and harm.  In this modern age, plagued with fighting and strife, these ideals have been seriously shaken throughout the world.  The effects of destructive forces are seen everywhere, and we are faced with news of a fresh disaster almost daily.  We must find a way to rescue mankind and prevent the annihilation of the entire world.

The Sino-American Buddhist Association has decided to transmit the Complete Precepts of the Thousand Buddhas on the 200th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America.  The meritorious power derived from the Transmission of the Precepts will be dedicated to protect the country, so that the noble ideals upon which it is based might flourish, to eliminate disasters, and to seek peace and blessings for all mankind.

The Transmission of the Precepts of the Thousand Buddhas will begin in 1976 at Gold Mountain Dhyana Monastery in San Francisco.

Please direct inquiries to:

Precept Transmitting Committee
Gold Mountain Monastery
1751 15th Street
San Francisco, California 94103 U.S.A.