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Dr. Thich Thien An (September 1926 - November 1980) was an influential teacher of Vietnamese Zen Buddhism who was active in the United States. Dr. Thich Thien-An came to the United States from Vietnam in the summer of 1966 as an exchange professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. His students discovered that he was not only a renowned scholar, but a Zen Buddhist monk, as well. He was eventually convinced to teach the practice of Zen meditation to his students and to start a Buddhist study group at the campus.

Several years later, his enthusiastic followers encouraged Dr. Thien An to apply for permanent residence and open a meditation center that included place for practitioners to live. He founded the International Buddhist Meditation Center in Los Angeles.

Dr. Thien-An died in 1980 at the age of fifty-four from cancer which had spread rapidly throughout his body, from his liver to his brain.

The International Buddhist Meditation Center he founded, continues to thrive.

He is the author of the book Zen Philosophy, Zen Practice.


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