About Us

Dharma Relief is the first platform that brings together different Buddhist traditions, teachers, and practitioners to support and create sustainable living in North America. Its guiding principles are wisdom and compassion, aiming to bring light to this world of obscurity like a lotus rising out of murky waters. 

 

Buddha

Our projects celebrate our true awakened nature by removing the barriers of traditions, genders, and race.

Dharma

Our projects transcend discursive thinking and rhetoric by offering concrete practical solutions to help those in need.

Sangha

Our projects bring together people from all walks of life by embodying harmony and purity.

Team

We are a diverse team from all walks of life, all over the world, working as one. 

Guo Gu

Guo Gu

Guo Gu is the founder of Dharma Relief and the teacher at the Tallahassee Chan Center, part of the Dharma Drum Lineage of Chan. His life work honors the Three Jewels and his teacher, Chan master Sheng Yen

Sara

Sara

Sara works in public health informatics as a consultant for the Gates Foundation and is highly passionate about infectious disease epidemiology. She is interested in engaged Buddhist practice, and cats.

Amar

Amar

Amar is a creative director and web developer. He took the Bodhisattva Vow when he realized the interdependence and impermanence of all things. Now he honors that Vow every day by serving all beings with his skills.

Yi-Ling

Yi-Ling

Yi-Ling is an archaeologist from Taiwan, researching ancient environmental pollution. She practices meditation at the DDM St. Louis Branch and enjoys meditation retreats in the tradition of Chan/Zen.

Greg

Greg

Greg joins Dharma Relief from his farm in Northwest Oregon. He has been studying Buddhism and meditation for the last ten years, five of which were spent practicing residentially.

Nicole

Nicole

Nicole is a graduate student in Chicago. She is interested in Buddhist social engagement and is dedicated to collective Buddhist projects.

Michael

Michael

Michael is a research scientist at University of Chicago with a background in theoretical physics and computational neuroscience. He works on opinion formation and collective decision making in social systems. He is a practitioner in the tradition of Chan master Sheng Yen.

Tzuming

Tzuming

Tzuming facilitates meditation groups in Chicago. The roots of her practice lie in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition. Since 2013 she has been involved with the Insight Dialogue Community and has a special interest in relational practices.

Chris

Chris

Chris is a data scientist and tries to integrate Buddhadharma in real life. He is inspired by the opportunity to help others while practicing with fellow Dharma practitioners.

Gita

Gita

Gita is a retired university administrator and has been practicing with the Tallahassee Chan Center for about ten years.  She appreciates the  focus of the Center on both meditation and engagement with the world. 
Liam

Liam

Liam is a Library Assistant in Tallahassee and a student under Guo Gu at the Tallahassee Chan Center.

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