Master YongHua, 永化 Thích Vĩnh Hóa
Born in South Vietnam, Master YongHua came to the United States at the end of 1973 to attend college. He earned a BS degree in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago.
After working for the corporate world for decades, he decided to leave the home life to study Chan under Great Master Xuan Hua, 宣化 Tuyên Hóa, in 1995. In 1999, he became fully ordained under Master Mãn Giác 滿覺. He then went to Taiwan to study Chinese and the Vinaya for two years. He came back to the United States in 2001 and practiced in seclusion until 2005, when he started teaching Chan and accepting disciples.
Master YongHua now devotes his time in propagating Mahayana Buddhism and training left home people.