Brother ChiSing, M.Div., M.A. is an Interfaith retreat facilitator, spiritual director, ritual artist, musician, and the founder of "Awakening Heart." He is also a former Community College adjunct professor of World Religions. He was born and raised in Texas, lived in California for ten years, and currently lives in Dallas, Texas, near his family. He has a B.A. in Religion from a Protestant university, a M.A. in Spirituality from a Catholic college, and a Master of Divinity degree from a Unitarian Universalist seminary.
His primary meditation teacher is the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, and he was ordained by him into the "Order of Interbeing" (Unified Buddhist Church) in 2003 with the spiritual name of "True Wonderful Happiness." He was also commissioned into ministry by a congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC) in 1995.
In the past, he has collaborated on several events and retreats with S.F. Bay Area spiritual teachers Matthew Fox (Creation Spirituality, Original Blessing, Techno Cosmic Mass) and Christian de la Huerta (Q-Spirit, Coming Out Spiritually, Soulful Power). He has led and spoken at several retreats for Interfaith, Buddhist, and Christian communities from as small as 10 to 80 persons to as large as 300 to 800 persons, and he founded four young adult spiritual/social/discussion groups in San Francisco, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Dallas, as well as a large meditation community in San Francisco. He has also served as a Youth Director, Children's Director and Religious Education Director at various churches. He is the founder of the Dallas Meditation Center, "Awakening Heart" (Community of Mindful Living) and "One Dharma" (Houston, TX).
Brother ChiSing's vision for ministry is to encourage Buddhist, Christian and other faith communities to practice Mindful Spirituality in an Interfaith Earth-based way, with an emphasis on creativity, music and the arts.