Venerable Guan Cheng is abbot of the International Buddhist Temple. The Venerable holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A from the University of Toronto and was formerly an accountant by profession, with designations of Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant.
In 1981, he founded the International Buddhist Temple in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. In 1999, he became ordained as a Buddhist monk under Venerable Xulang at Miaofa Monastery in the United States, and in the same year, received the triple platform precepts. Since then, the Venerable has travelled all over the world, holding lectures in different languages to promote the Dharma.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, the Venerable’s natural affinity to the people of Hong Kong has made it a favourite place for him to propagate Buddhism. In 2010, he established the Vinaya Samadhi & Prajna Lecture Hall in Kowloon, Hong Kong, and has used it as a base to launch his charitable projects and activities in southeast Asia, such as Dharma talks, releasing live animals back to nature, helping educate children of the poor and alleviating poverty, taking part in book shows, and publishing Buddhist articles, books, and various audio and video recordings.
Over the years Venerable Guan Cheng has actively spread the Dharma to educate the public, through writing and publishing, hosting online and radio Dharma talks, and holding chanting ceremonies and retreat events.
The Venerable is best known for his long-running radio talk show Sowing Seeds of Good Karma, as well as his regular column in Hong Kong’s bi-weekly Buddhist Compassion. He also has eight published books in Chinese, which include Happiness Originates from the Mind (2003), Purify the Mind and Attain Happiness (2004), A Bouquet of Incense from the Heart (2006), Venerable Guan Cheng speaks the Dharma with you, Commentary on the Heart Sutra (2006), Commentary on the Verses Delineating the Eight Consciousnesses, Commentary on the Diamond Sutra (2018) and Commentary on the Yogacara Bodhisattva Precepts (2018).
The Venerable has also hosted Dharma lectures, workshops and retreat events for the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and for primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong. His insightful and powerful teachings have benefited many in their search for true happiness and meaning in life.