Dharma Assistant Lotus Li Er grew up in a social environment that embraced a modern and materialistic life style. After taking refuge, she had seen many of her loved ones pass away (including her father) and be reborn to the Land of Ultimate Bliss. After continuous learning and exploration, she came to realized that the Land of Ultimate Bliss indeed exists, and through learning Buddhism, people can liberate themselves from the restraint of worries and improve their spiritual state.
On Feb 7th, 1998 in front of the Seattle Ling Shen Ching Tze Temple altar, Dharma Assistant Lotus Li Er took empowerment and accepted the Bodhisattva Vows from Living Buddha Lian-sheng.
In June of 2009, she was recommended by the True Buddha Vijaya Temple board of directors to participate in the fourth dharma assistant selection examination. She passed the exam and became the Chinese speaking dharma assistant of the True Buddha Vijaya Temple.
Dharma Assistant Lotus Li Er takes turns to lead the weekly group cultivation and put her best effort in organizing dharma events. She is the model volunteer to other disciples. Her wish is to apply Buddhism in daily life to correct her habits, ceaselessly reflect and improve herself under the influence of Buddhism. She also hopes to use her tiny power to assist in the temple and dharma affairs to benefit others and herself, and wishes that every person be enlightened and attain accomplishment quickly.
Dharma Assistant Lotus Renée, birth name Renée Cordsen, was born in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A. She is currently a dharma assistant who is responsible for the English speaking group cultivation and dharma affairs teaching. Dharma Assistant Lotus Renée studied at the University of Colorado with a major in Humanities. She is currently employed with Head Start, a non-profit organization sponsored by the federal government that provides a free pre-school education for children from families living in poverty.
Dharma Assistant Lotus Renée moved to Oakland, California in September 2002. After exploring various religions and spiritual studies she finally chose to take refuge under His Holiness Living Buddha Lian-sheng as the basis for her lifetime cultivation practice in February of 2003.
Since taking refuge, Dharma Assistant Lotus Renée has been very diligent in cultivation as well as learning the True Buddha Tantric Dharma. She participated in the fourth True Buddha School dharma assistant examination and passed the exam with a high score. Together, with Dharma Assistant Lotus Li Er, she was certified as a dharma assistant of True Buddha School. Both of them are currently the dharma assistants at the True Buddha Vijaya Temple.
As a dharma assistant who spreads the dharma in English, she takes turns to leading the weekly Chinese and English group cultivations, helps in organizing dharma ceremonies, youth activities, and more. In addition, Dharma Assistant Lotus Renée is also volunteers for True Buddha Translation Teams and U.S Daden, where she helps translate Living Buddha Lian-sheng’s books into English so that more English speakers have an opportunity to learn the precious Buddhist teachings from the Living Buddha Lian-sheng. She is a diligent, Bodhi minded, and a rare talent for spreading the Buddhist teachings.