Emily Hsu has been teaching at Ocean of Compassion Buddhist Center from 2006 until 2016, and has been the resident teacher from 2012 until 2016.
She is a graduate of the organization's seven-year Master’s Program at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy, a full-time intensive study program modeled after the traditional geshe studies curriculum. in 2005, she subsequently completed a ten-month solitary retreat in Spain to integrate the material.
Prior to devoting herself to the Dharma full time, Emily worked as a management and information systems consultant in the Silicon Valley and around the country for ten years. She started to meditate in the Zen tradition during this period, then spent a year in Nepal and India in 1996-7, attending teachings and doing retreats before entering the Masters Program.
During her studies at Istituto Lama Tsong Khapa, Emily also worked on creating a study manual on the fourth chapter of the Ornament for Clear Realizations (Abhisamaya-alamkara), one of the more difficult subjects of the FPMT Basic Program. The 126-page manuscript that resulted from this project sets the Ornament teachings in perspective, introduces the subject of the fourth chapter – “the application in the complete aspects” – and presents each of the eleven topics that illustrate it together with their definitions, related root text, and commentary supported by various supplementary charts, quizzes, homework, and guidelines on how to meditate on these topics.
Some comments by members of our center:
As a result of attending Emily’s classes, my spiritual practices have deepened. Emily is a wonderful teacher. Her class presentations are organized and well thought out. She is warm, kind and patient, and her dedication to the Dharma is inspiring.