Ven. Ocean-of-Wisdom Sakya (Thich Hai Tri) is a Buddhist Priest in the Dhyana tradition (Thien, Ch’an, Zen, Son). Ven. Wisdom has studied and practiced Buddhism since 1988 and has studied in the Vipassana, Tibetan, Zen, Ch’an, Pure Land and Thien (Vietnamese Zen) traditions. Previously a Buddhist Monk he changed his ordination to Buddhist Priest to better meet the needs of the American Public. He received Dharma Transmission from Venerable Master Thich Tri Hoang of the Lam Te Thien school, and has studied with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Venerables Thich Nhat Hahn, John Daido Loori, S.N. Goenkaji, and other lesser known but just as compassionate teachers. In 2002 he became Abbot of the Middle-Way Meditation Centers and established the Middle-Way Peace Order, an order geared towards peace and the development of Western Buddhism.
Ven. Wisdom has taught at colleges and universities and also at theological schools such as Auburn Theological Seminary. He has given talks and led retreats at a variety of locales in the United States and China including Yale, Hai An Pagoda, the Shaolin Temple of the U.S., Chuang Yen Monastery, SUNY Stony Brook, UCONN, WestConn, Mahayana Temple, and Godstow Retreat Center. He is one of the first two Buddhist clergy selected to be part of a national spiritual response team for airplane disasters, and also is mental health responder for local disaster relief. Ven. Wisdom is published in a variety of venues and has made a number of TV appearances. Additionally he is a Professional Counselor, teaches Psychology and Global Studies, and is a Fulbright-Hays China Scholar.