Lien Bui, Treasurer


Lien Bui was born in Laos in 1975 and grew up in a refugee camp in Thailand. Her father grew up along the Chinese-Vietnamese border speaking Thô language and her mother is Vietnamese. Eventually, in 1978, her parents and their ten children were relocated to the United States. Although her family lost everything on the material level, escaping with just one set of clothes and a birth certificate each, they felt fortunate to find sanctuary in California.

In 1994, Lien graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Dental Hygiene and currently works as a dental hygienist in San Diego. She is married and is the mother of three children, aged 9, 12, and 13. She volunteers with many organizations: teaching meditation at J. Donavan State Prison, organizing sand mandalas and relic exhibits, supporting Pro Kids Golf Academy’s afterschool programs for underprivileged children, and participating in interreligious activities. Speaking fluent Vietnamese, Lao, Thai, and English, as well as basic Chinese, she actively serves various immigrant communities in California.

Lien became aware of Sakyadhita in 2009 and served as a volunteer at the Sakyadhita conferences in Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, and Vaishali, where she was very inspired by the ideas and meritorious activities that Buddhist women shared.

She is dedicated to helping underprivileged people everywhere, especially Buddhist women and children. She is keenly interested in non-profit management and volunteers as the accountant and development officer for Jamyang Foundation, an organization providing education programs for Buddhist women and children in developing countries.

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