Venerable Wuling was born in 1946 in New York state. As a student of Venerable Master Chin Kung, she became a nun in Texas in 1997 and received full ordination in Taiwan. Venerable follows the Pure Land school of Mahayana Buddhism.
From 1998 to 2001, Venerable lectured in Singapore and Malaysia. In 1998, she was appointed Head of Silent Voices, a translation team that is now called the Pure Land Translation Team. She relocated to Australia in 2001. In 2004, she became Director of the Amitabha Buddhist Retreat Centre in Nanango, Australia. She was also appointed Vice President of the Pure Land Learning College Association Inc. in Toowoomba, Australia in 2004.
From 2004 to 2007 Venerable was based primarily in Elkhart, Indiana, so she could help look after her mother who had recently moved there. During that time she also lectured in Australia, Asia, and North America.
After living in Australia from 2008 to late 2010, Venerable returned to the Buddhist Society of Elkhart for an extended visit. She continues to serve as Spiritual Advisor to the Amitabha Buddhist Retreat Centre and Amitabha Buddhist Retreat Centre News Press, Resident Teacher of the Buddhist Society of Elkhart, , and Vice President of the Pure Land Learning College Association, as well as the Guiding Teacher for the Amitabha Pureland and Amitabha Gallery websites.
Venerable Wuling’s books include:
- Lundeeria: The Tale of a Journey to Another Land, Courage, and Compassion
- Going Home to the Pure Land (editor and contributor)
- How Will I Behave Today and the Rest of My Life?
- Everything We Do Matters
- In One Lifetime: Pure Land Buddhism
- Awaken to the Buddha Within
- path to peace
- Heart of a Buddha (editor and contributor)
Photo courtesy of the South Bend Tribune
Celine & Charles Richardson
The Amitabha Buddhist Retreat Centre is a place to learn about and to practice Pure Land Buddhism. The practice can also support and enhance other belief systems as it calms the mind and fosters mindfulness and stability.
On Sunday we have a group chanting meditation and either a recorded or live Dharma talk, followed by a vegetarian lunch. This Sunday session begins at 9 AM so we request visitors to please arrive at least ten minutes before we begin. Lunch begins about 12.15 PM. Visitors are welcome to join us for all or part of the morning and to stay for lunch. We do, however, ask that if you will be joining us for lunch, that you please let us know by Friday noon for catering purposes.
Weekend retreats are held throughout the year. Please click on ABRC “Logo” below which will bring you directly to the ABRC official site for the schedule and additional information, including the Pure Land Teachings.
Located deep in the heart of southeastern Queensland, the serenity and beauty of the land provide a haven for those who seek the inward path. Nature has provided the perfect blending of songbirds, rolling hills, and brilliant blue skies as the backdrop for Buddhist practice and study.
The centre was an unspoken dream of Celine and Charles Richardson who both imagined a place where people could come to learn more about themselves and their world. One day, Charles voiced his dream to Celine who happily replied that she shared the dream. Thus in 1994, Charles, at the age of 79, began the long and continuing work of transforming a large open metal shed on their property into a warm, inviting centre for spiritual awakening.
In 1994, Celine happened to come across the image of a Buddha at an auction. It was only after she had bought it and hung it at the centre that she learned it was Amitabha Buddha. Then in 2000, Charles and Celine “happened” to meet Venerable Wuling and invited her to give a Dharma talk at their centre.
Over the next two years as Dharma talks were held more often at the centre, it naturally transformed into a Buddhist centre. In 2002, it officially became the Amitabha Buddhist Retreat Centre with Venerable Wuling as its Teacher. Later in that year, a donated vintage Queenslander house was moved onto the property. Charles, who was just putting the finishing touches on the centre, began the work of renovating the house.
In 2007, work was completed on the house, which now provides accommodation for eleven women. Other accommodations are available for men.
The centre was officially opened on August 11, 2007.