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Reverend Guo Cheen


Founder of The Compassion Network and resident ordained Mahayana nun at the TCN Buddhist Center in Seattle, WA. Co-Editor of the award winning Women, Spirituality, and Transformative Leadership. Author of the recent Translating Totality in Parts: Chengguan's Commentaries and Subcommentaries to the Avatamsaka Sutra. Speaker and author of soon-to-be published academic articles on translation theories and Buddhist doctrines.



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Venerable Pannavati


Ven. Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is co-founder and co-Abbot of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage in Hendersonville, NC. A black, female Buddhist monk ordained in the Theravada and Mahayana traditions with Vajrayana empowerments and transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemakers, she is both contemplative and empowered for compassionate service.

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Reverend Myokei


Myokei Caine-Barrett, Shonin, a Nichiren priest and the resident teacher at Myoken-ji, a temple in Houston, Texas. The daughter of an African American father and a Japanese mother, Myokei Shonin is the first woman of African American and Japanese descent—and the only Western woman—to be ordained as a priest within the worldwide Nichiren Order. (She is also the first female priest in the Nichiren Order of North America.)