Volunteer Profile: Venerable De Hong – Buddhist Pathways Prison Project

Although he was already a fully ordained Buddhist monk in the Chinese and Vietnamese Pure Land traditions (2006) with Thich Truyen Nhu as preceptor, De also ordained more recently in the Burmese Theravada tradition (2014) with Sayadaw U Khippa Panno as preceptor. He was inspired to ordain in the Theravada tradition after attending two retreats at the Insight Retreat Center (IRC) in Santa Cruz with Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella in 2013. He felt it would help him deepen his meditation practice further.

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First Flame Sangha
Sergio A. Verdugo
Calipatria State Prison
Emptiness in the Perfection of Wisdom
HBL300 – Assignment One:

1. (A): Answer questions 1-10

1. What are some of the different elements that inter-are with this sheet of paper?
Thay Thich Nhat Hanh wants us to know, to understand, to realize, the fact that this sheet of paper is made up only of “non-paper elements. And if we return these non-paper elements to their sources, then there can be no paper at all. Elements like sun, wind, water, clouds, tree, logger and mind therefore inter-are with this sheet of paper. So as thin as this sheet of paper is, it contains everything in the universe in it.
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Prison is a good place to start. I hope to inspire many.

Jose Alonzo Pina
Calipatria State Prison

i) Connect a topic in lectures 7 or 8 to the assignment or something else you have read or studied.

While listening to Dr. Lancaster in lecture 7 of this series, I was reminded of the first course I studied, in particular The Ten Oxherding Pictures. Dr. Lancaster was talking about the mapping of Bodhisattva development in regard to the Ten Bhumis or Ten Stages. Both, the Ten Bhumis and Ten Oxherding pictures are similar. It can be said that both are the mapping of a Bodhisattva path to awakening.
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