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Zen Master Ming
with the Light)
Lily-Marie Johnson was born in 1931, and grew up in Chicago, USA. After
obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, and
after four years of practical experience, including living in Japan, she studied
Law at America's first law school: Marshall-Wythe (William and Mary, Virginia).
At the time of her graduation, she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and
first in her class. She received her Juris Doctor degree after research in
International Law at Oxford University. After seminaires in International Law,
Diplomatic Relations and research on 20th century China, she received a
Certificate of Advanced Studies from the Institut de Hautes Etudes
Internationales at Geneva University. She has a commercial pilot's licence,
having logged 1,500 hours, including 35 hours in jet fighters.
More than a quarter of a century ago, dissatisfied with the solutions offered
by western traditions, she turned to Zen Buddhism, which she had encountered
during her stay in Japan. Rejecting modern western reinterpretations and
"gurus", she studied the ancient texts by herself.
After twenty years of study and practice, she obtained the promised
understanding. Searching confirmation, she made several trips to China,
eventually finding her master: Jing Hui, of the Lin-Chi (Japanese: Rinzi)
School, Abbot of the Bai-lin (Cypress Forest) Zen Monastery, and
Dharma-successor to Xu Yun (Empty Cloud), greatest Zen Master of the 20th
century, who died in 1959, at the age of 120 years. (See "Since you asked" for
the lineage of transmission from the
In 1994, she was accepted as his disciple, and on 25 February 1999 (2543 by
the Buddhist calendar and the 2000th year of Buddhism in China), at Bai-lin, she
was ordained a Buddhist nun and subsequently declared a Zen Master by the Abbot,
extraordinary recognition for a western woman. She has since been charged to
spread the Dharma in the Occident.
Due to her training in Philosophy and Law, through her long and rich
experience of life, her intensive study and practice of Buddhism, and her
recognized qualifications, she is well-placed to assist those who wish to
benefit from the Buddha's teaching. Swiss, resident in Geneva since 1972 and
member of the International Buddhist Foundation, she is bilingual.
Her instruction is available to all, without charge. You may contact her as
8bis rue de Coutance
CH 1201 Genèva, Switzerland
Tel. (in Switzerland):
Tel. (international): 0041 / 76-334-0629