Rev. Heng Sure was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1976. For the sake of world peace, he undertook an over six hundred mile pilgrimage from South Pasadena to Ukiah, repeatedly taking three steps and one bow to cover the entire journey. In the entire two years taken to make the pilgrimage, he observed a practice of total silence. Rev. Heng Sure has an M.A. in Oriental Languages from UC Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He serves as the Managing Director of the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery and has taught at the Graduate Theological Union, Bond University, and Dharma Realm Buddhist University. He lectures on the Avatamsaka Sutra and other sutras. He currently leads a team to translate the Avatamsaka Sutra. He is actively involved in interfaith dialogue and in the ongoing conversation between spirituality and technology.



B. A., Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, 1970
M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1976
Ph.D., Dharma Realm Buddhist University, 1979
Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, 2003



Professor, Dharma Realm Buddhist University, 1994–
Director, Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, 1994–
Adjunct Professor, Pacific School of Religion, Graduate Theological Union, 1996–
Global Councillor (Buddhist), United Religions Initiative, 2002–2009
Board of Trustees, Dharma Realm Buddhist University
President, Board of Directors, Dharma Realm Buddhist Association