Rev. Noel Alumit was ordained as Pu An in August 2015. He was born in Baguio City, The Philippines, and grew up in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from the University of Southern California and a Master in Divinity in Buddhist Chaplaincy at the University of the West.
Noel worked in the AIDS field for over twenty years, most of them with the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team. Noel also served as a California Commissioner on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs, making recommendations to the Governor and Legislature about the community.
He wrote the novels Letters to Montgomery Clift and Talking to the Moon, a Los Angeles Times Bestseller. His work has also been in the LA Review of Books, LA Weekly and McSweeney’s. He’s taught creative writing for UCLA Extension’s Writers Program since 2005. www.noelalumit.com
Rev. York Davenport was ordained as Ti En, an ICCBCE Lay Minister, in July 2016. He is a College Instructor at Mt. San Jacinto College in Southern California since August of 2009. He has also been a coordinator and instructor in numerous colleges around Southern California to develop curriculum that specializes in helping non-traditional and international adult learners achieve US citizenship, High school equivalency, and English proficiency.
Rev. Davenport graduated from University of the West in December 2014 with a Master of Divinity in Buddhist Chaplaincy. During his time at the university, his interest and commitment to the dharma was greatly intensified through his engagement with various Buddhist communities and studies in Eastern theology.
Rev. Davenport is originally from Southern California and received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the California State University- San Bernardino in March 2010. He began his studies in eastern theology in 2007, took refuge in 2014, and was ordained in 2016. Rev. Davenport lives in Southern California with his wife Jackie, dog Opal, and cat Mushu.
Rev. Nathaniel De Luca was ordained as Pu De, an ICCBCE Lay Minister in August 2015. He is currently the first Buddhist Chaplain at Great Ormond Street Hospital, the #1 children's hospital in the United Kingdom.
Nathaniel graduated from the Claremont School of Theology in 2016 with a Master of Divinity in Interfaith Chaplaincy. He completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care in Los Angeles, focusing on urban interfaith chaplaincy. From 2007-2013 he served as the Program Coordinator of the Yale University Chaplain's Office and specialized in interfaith community service and peer leadership education.
Nathaniel is a member of the Plum Village tradition and is a member of the Heart of London sangha in the United Kingdom. He first encountered Buddhism through the Shambhala lineage in New York City in 1998 and practiced with various traditions for the next 15 years. He took refuge vows and received the Five Mindfulness Trainings in 2013 and took bodhisattva vows in 2015.
Nathaniel lives in London with his husband Jonathan.
Rev. Jason Greenberger is currently a Phd candidate in Daejin University's Daesoon Theology Department and previously graduated from University of the West's Buddhist Chaplaincy (MDiv) program. For the past three years, Jason has been a regular presenter on New East Asian Religions at the annual conferences held by CESNUR (Center for the Study of New Religions). Prior to his postgraduate studies, Jason completed his undergraduate degree in Chinese Language and had worked abroad in China, Korea, and Vietnam as a certified TESOL instructor. While earning his MDiv, Jason translated a number of books; some which were authored by University of the West Founder, Venerable Master Hsing Yun. Already published among those books are “Ten Paths to Happiness” by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the Gold Medalist in the Meditation/Relaxation category of Jenkins Group's Seventh Annual Living Now Book Awards (2015) "Meditation and Wisdom" by Venerable Hsin Ting, and the more recently released "Pick It Up- Chan Stories to Inspire," also by Venerable Master Hsing Yun. In addition to Jason's involvement with traditional Mahāyāna Buddhist schools, Jason also researches Neo-Dharmic/Neo-Daoic religions such as Daesoon Jinrihoe, Weixin Shengjiao, and Caodaism and translates books for some of these religious bodies as well.