Venerable Ding Rong
Venerable Ding Rong was ordained in Sydney, Australia, in 1994. Owing to his quest for more in-depth understanding of the Dharma, after graduating from his Buddhist College in 1998, he further pursued another 3-year Postgraduate Buddhist Studies in Taiwan Buddhist Research Institute. Venerable Ding Rong also holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Counselling from the Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. He is passionate in promoting Dharma education and teaching of mindfulness. He integrates the teaching of Buddha Dharma and the knowledge of modern psychology in helping and guiding people how to tackle their mind and life matters. Throughout his work, he emphasizes the practical application of Buddha Dharma in one’s daily life.
Since 2002, Venerable Ding Rong has travelled widely over Australia, Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea and China, to provide Religious Educational trainings as well as to continue his own learning journey. He has conducted numerous Dharma activities such as seminars in Dharma and mindfulness, Dharma courses, Meditation classes, Dharma teachers’ training, and numerous workshops in Dharma, mindfulness, meditation, stress coping, awareness and awakening. Venerable Ding Rong’s past and present responsibilities include: Deputy Abbot of Buddhist Monastery, Dharma Teacher, Buddhist Counsellor, Board of Director for Secondary and Primary schools, Religious Advisor for schools and Buddhist societies and organisations, Advisor for Dharma Sunday Schools, Prison Counsellor, Committee Member, Mentor and Advisor to various Buddhist organisations, as well as training of volunteers etc.
Venerable Jian Xin
Venerable Jian Xin has been a practising Buddhist for more than 20 years. Due to her immense interest in the Dharma, she pursued postgraduate studies for three years at Yuan Kuang Buddhist Research Institute in Taiwan and also has a Master’s Degree in Buddhist Studies from the University of London.
Venerable Jian Xin trained and worked as a professional Counsellor and Therapist for 15 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Social Sciences from NUS, a Specialist Diploma in Counselling and Guidance and a Postgraduate Diploma in Satir Systemic Brief Therapy. She has conducted numerous personal transformation workshops and assisted many individuals to gain insights and direction in their lives.
Dr. Ang Beng Choo
Dr Ang Beng Choo holds a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Singapore, MA from the University of Hawaii under the East West Centre Scholarship and Ph.D from the National University of Singapore.
She had been with the education service for more than 30 years, being a school teacher, a school inspector, a curriculum and textbook developer, a teachers’ trainer, a university lecturer and an administrator. She was awarded the Public Administration and Long Service awards by the Singapore Government in 1980 and 1997 respectively. She was also awarded the International Outstanding Buddhist Woman Award in Education and Culture on 25 December 1998.
She is actively involved with education and social work. Among many posts she now holds, the main ones are : solemniser and deputy registrar for marriage, family life ambassador, council member of National Council on Problem Gambling, committee member of Public Education on Problem Gambling. She is also a Patron of Buddhist Fellowship and Buddhist societies of various tertiary institutions.
She has been frequently invited by local and overseas organizations to give talks on personal development, human relationship, family life and children education.
Dr. Jeffery Po
Dr. Jeffrey is a counselling psychologist and psychotherapist in private practice. He also participates and organises workshops, lectures and training in that direction but tries to connect them to Buddhist spiritual practices. Besides Singapore he has lectured extensively overseas such as Australia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He is the author of two books namely The Buddhist Companion and the Buddhist Snippets. Under preparation are two more books entitled The Buddhist Snippets – II and Meditative flow-Psychotherapy.
Dr. Henry Yeo
Dr. Yeo has been the Exco of Buddhist Fellowship for many years. He started to develop interest in the learning the Dharma after listening to talks by Ven. Thubten Chodron and Ajahn Brahm. Dr. Yeo has attended Basic Buddhism courses at several centres, and is a supporter of Applied Buddhism who applies Dharma in his daily life and at work.
Dr. Yeo graduated from the University of Singapore in 1969 and trained in the field of General practice and Family Medicine. He opened his own clinic since 1975. He has been interested in looking at photographs (National Geographic magazine) and taking photos for many years. He finds similarities in the “Photography” and the “Dharma”. Come to find out and be enlightened by how “Photography” can be related to the concept of Dharma such as the ‘Dependent Origination’, ‘Impermanence’, ‘Present Moment and Mindfulness’, and even the ‘Noble Eightfold Path’!
Sister Sylvia Bay
Sis. Sylvia Bay has nine years of formal education in Buddhism and holds a BA (Hons) in Buddhist Studies from Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka. She has been teaching Dhamma for 9 years at Mangala Vihara and gives regular Dhamma talks at various Buddhist organisations in Singapore such as Buddhist Fellowship etc. Sis. Sylvia Bay also holds a Masters Degree in International Public Policy.
Brother TY Lee
Bro. Lee has completed Diplomas in Buddhism from the YMBA and Buddhist and Pali College, Singapore. He is currently teaching the Diploma level class for the YMBA at Mangala Vihara Buddhist Temple and conducting Introduction to Buddhism Courses for the Buddhist and Pali College and Uttamayanmuni Buddhist Temple. He is also putting his training in meditation to good use by holding regular Vipassana meditation courses at Wat Uttamayanmuni. Bro. Lee also runs an international Buddhist website “www.justbegood.net” and has written three Dhamma books, “Just be Good”, “A Life of Blessings” and “Island of Light” which have been translated to 10 languages, with more than one million copies in print worldwide