Chan Community Canada's primary teacher (Shifu) is Chan Master Guo Jun, a Dharma heir of Master Sheng Yen. He currently resides in Singapore.
Venerable Guojun Fashi received monastic ordainment under Master Song Nian at Mahabodhi Monastery, Singapore. He received lineage transmission in the Chan School of Chinese Buddhism from Master Sheng Yen of Dharma Drum Mountain in Jinshan, Taiwan. He is the 58th generation descendant of Master Lin Ji (?-866) of the Lin Ji School and 53rd generation descendant of Master Dongshan(807-869) in the Cao Dong School. He also received lineage transmission in the Xianshou and Cien School of Chinese Buddhism from Master Qin Yin of Fuhui Monastery in Shulin, Taiwan. He is the 42nd generation of Dharma heirs in both Schools.
Venerable Guojun Fashi was the Deputy Director of Dharma propagation of Singapore Buddhist Federation from 2004 to 2006. Further, he was the Abbot of Dharma Drum Retreat Center, New York, U.S.A from 2005 to 2008. He has been the President of Mahabodhi Monastery Board of Directors, Singapore since 2004 and Abbot of Mahabodhi Monastery, Singapore since 2008. Guojun Fashi has conducted many meditation workshops and retreats. He has taught in various places such as Australia, Croatia, Indonesia, Luxembourg, North America, Poland, Singapore and Switzerland.
Venerable Guojun Fashi has a diploma in Biotechnology from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore. He also holds degrees in Buddhist Philosophy from Fu Yan Buddhist Institute in Hsinchu, Taiwan and in Psychology and Sociology from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He just received Master degree in Buddhism at Sydney University, Australia. In his free time, Guojun Fashi likes to do yoga, Chinese calligraphy, play the Chinese flute, paint and practice Urasenke Japanese tea ceremony.
Our guest teacher is William Tsao, an accredited Chan teacher (certified by Late Chan Master Sheng-Yen).
William Tsao, had received a master degree in Geophysical Prospecting in 1975 and had worked as a petroleum exploration manager for about twenty years before turning inward to investigate his true nature as a Chan (Zen) practitioner in 1994. He is now a Chan (Chinese Zen) Teacher of both Caodong (Soto) and Linji (Rinzai) lineages. He has practiced Chan with the best known Chan Master, Sheng-Yen, in North America for sixteen years. He received Master's Confirmation as a Chan Teacher in 2004. Since then, he has been teaching Silent Illumination Chan and Huatou Chan regularly in Canada.