Rev. Heng Sure at Awakin Circle

Heng-Sure Dharma Master 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 teaches on the staff at the Institute for World Religions.

He spoke as a special guest at the Silicon Valley Awakin Circle on December 17, 2014

Three Steps; One Bow

Beginning in the summer of 1977, two American monks in the Chinese Mahayana Buddhist tradition committed to taking three steps and one bow for 800 miles along California’s Highway 1. A pilgrimage to bring peace within and without, their journey took them through some of the most beautiful and also some of the most dangerous parts of California. Two and a half years later, they completed their pilgrimage at the steps of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, in Ukiah, California. One of these monks was given the name Rev. Heng Sure, or “constantly real.”

Photos and text from “Works & Conversations” Issue No. 29

The complete article is at “Cultivation and Practice.”

Rev. Heng Sure’s Awakin Talk, Dec 2014

Opening talk:

Complete evening, including songs and responses to questions, and further reading, at:

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