Venerable Thích Phước Tịnh (Pháp Thoại, Hòa Thượng Thích Phước Tịnh) was born in 1947 in Đồng Tháp, Việt Nam. He entered the temple to become a monastic in 1962, ordained as a novice in 1967, and received full ordination in 1972. The Venerable became abbot of Quán Thế Âm temple in Đà Lạt in 1993. In 2001, he came to the United States of America and was invited by Thầy as an elder to teach and support the practice at Deer Park Monastery. The Venerable continues to teach at many temples throughout the USA and Australia.