Glenn Hughes (Mahayana Ordination name: Anagarika Vimalakirti) is the Buddhism or Dharma Teacher on this website. His teachings include both the Theravada and Mahayana traditions, plus several Buddhism schools, including Vajrayana and Pure Land.
Glenn was ordained by the 71st Patriarch, the Most Venerable Jiekwang Pomyun, whose Theravada and Mahayana lineages include the Honored Maha-Kasyapa, 1st Patriarch, the Honored Ananda, 2nd Patriarch, and the Most Venerable Bodhidharma from West India, who first brought the Dharma to East China and initiated Zen Buddhism, of which he is the 1st Patriarch.
He studied both Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism at the College of Buddhist Studies under the late Venerable Dr. Havanpola Ratanasara, and with venerable masters at temples and in Buddhist institutions in Sri Lanka, Myanmar (Burma), Korea and Taiwan. Currently he is President of American Buddhist Congress, which in 1999 presented His Holiness the Dalai Lama with its Bodhi Award in ceremonies produced by World Institute for Social Enlightenment (WISE, Inc.) at the Wilshire Temple in Los Angeles. Dr. Deepak Chopra was the 2003 recipient of the award, which was presented to him in Thousand Oaks, California.
A dozen years ago, Glenn established WISE, Inc., a California nonprofit corporation, dedicated to fostering and promoting spiritual enlightenment of individuals and society for the benefit of all through sharing those perennial truths and philosophies inherent in all the world's great religions.
Prior to his ordination, Glenn specialized in International Relations, focusing on Asian cultures, religions and philosophies. His past associations include the City and Port of Los Angeles, the Port of Long Beach, Sister Cities International, Sister Cities of Los Angeles, Inc., Los Angeles-Jakarta, Indonesia Sister City Association, Bangladesh-American Buddhist Organization, International Visitors Council of Los Angeles, United Thai Council, Catholic-Buddhist Dialogue, Episcopal Seamen's Center, United States Propeller Club, 32nd Congressional District Congressional Youth Award Council, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Westin International Hotels, the Music Corporation of America, and Paramount Television Productions.
Glenn has traveled in more than a hundred countries, including explorations in the jungles and remote areas of Borneo, Brazil and Bhutan, and has been teaching the dharma of Buddhism for more than two decades in the United States and in Asia. He has taught both American and foreign Asian youth in Los Angeles and Taiwan, Bengali villagers in Bangladesh, and he conducts dharma classes at a variety of international locations, including churches, temples, libraries and other venues.
Glenn’s psychological and Western interpretations of Buddhism and its dharma are the subjects of his teachings, writings, lectures and personal appearances. His essays and columns on Buddhist concepts appear frequently in a variety of publications, and on a semi-regular basis in the Thousand Oaks Star, a Southern California newspaper.