The Sangha evolved
through a series of Zen classes offered in the Fall of 2009 by our teacher
Lotus Vu who wanted to share the joys, beauty and simplicity of the Zen
practice. From the first twelve classes,
a community started to organically bud from those who learned and practiced
Zen. Our Sangha`s growth and formation is a testimony to the transformative
power of the Zen practice.
LOTUS VU - Founding
Our community is
guided by Zen Teacher Lotus Vu who was born in Vietnam and raised in Canada.
She took her Buddhist precepts and vows with her teacher Venerable Thich Vien
Minh (Tit-wen-ming), a hermit Zen monk in Vietnam. Lotus is the 43rd generation
of the Vietnamese Rinzai Linage of Nguyen Thieu. She has attended retreats with
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and has studied Buddhism with numerous teachers
such as Thich Nhat Hanh and other less well-known Buddhist monastics. She
studied and explored a variety of Buddhist traditions such as Theravada,
Tantra, Pure Land and Zen since the age of 9, but chose Zen to be her main
Among the many joys
she has found in life from the practice of Zen, one is to share the practice
with others. With all things, change happens! As of September 2016, she has relocated back to Toronto to take care of
her aging mother after 7 years residing in Regina.
MILAN VORA -
community is being led by Milan Vora (Priti) who moved to Regina in 2010 from
England. Milan took his Buddhist precepts and vows under Lotus. He completed 5
years of Koan Study under Lotus and received full authorization to teach. He
continues the Zen tradition as the the 44th generation of the Vietnamese Rinzai
Lineage of Nguyen Thieu. Milan brings with him a background in Hinduism and
Jainism. This gives him a unique insight into the crossover of these traditions
and helps to give depth to his talks.