Venerable Di Hsuan is an ordained Mahayana Buddhist nun who is primarily specialized in Chinese Buddhism, including Buddhist doctrine, scripture, history, and arts. To help people to practice Buddha’s teachings, she is guiding the Bodhi Buddhist Association, a nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to inspiring people to transform difficulties into the path of awakening. In 1999, she started to participate in the graduate program at the Yuan-Kuang Buddhist Studies Institute, where she learned Sanskrit, Pali, and Tibetan. Additionally, she studied a great diversity of cultures and religions in the Religion Department of National Cheng-Chi University in Taiwan from 2002 to 2006. To continue her study on the mutual interactions between Buddhism and other religions, Venerable Di Hsuan is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Religion at the University of Florida now.
Michael Roehm was the facilitator of the Sutta Study Group (now the Washington, DC, Buddhist Studies Group) at the Washington Buddhist Vihara for 17 years. His Buddhist affiliations and activities have focused on both the Theravada and (Korean and Soto/Caodong) Zen traditions. A former monk in Sri Lanka and Korea, where he was a student of Zen Master Kusan Sunim, he was also a founding member of the Washington Buddhist Vihara and Bhavana Society, and a cofounder of the Lotus Lantern International Buddhist Center (Seoul, Korea) and the Buddhist Fellowship of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA. He is a lay student in the Mountain and Rivers Order of Zen Mountain Monastery and member of the Board of Directors of Buddhist Global Relief. He is also a facilitator in the Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) at the Maryland Correctional Institution, Hagerstown. Now retired from American University in Washington, DC, he lives in Williamsport, MD.