Ven Bhante Chao Chu

Bhante Chao Chu is the president of the Los Angeles Buddhist Union (LABU) in the US. Born in Sri Lanka, he ordained to the Buddhist monastic order in 1964, graduating from the Buddhist College in 1970. He studied in Hong Kong and at the University of Nan Jing, China. He gives lectures in Chinese and English as a teacher of Buddhism and social issues.

Since coming to the United States in 1981, he has been involved in numerous interfaith and inter-Buddhist activities in Los Angeles that include leadership roles such as president of the Center for Buddhist Development, executive committee member of the World Fellowship of Buddhists and the World Buddhist Sangha Council, and vice president of the Buddhist Sangha Council of Southern California. He is also an advisor for the International Association of Buddhist Universities. Bhante Chao Chu has received a BA in Philosophy from California State University of Los Angeles and an MA in Buddhist Studies from the University of Kelaniya. He also founded the Bosath Children's Education Foundation to help underprivileged children by providing them free education in computer learning and English.