Prof. Dr. Le Mahn That

Professor Le Manh That (Most Ven. Thich Tri Sieu) is not only an extraordinary Buddhist scholar, but a national and international hero as well. His courage is an inspiration to the Vietnamese people and the Human Rights Community worldwide.Born in 1944 in Quang Tri provine, Ven. Le Manh That ordained at the age of twelve.He received his BA in Philosophy and Pedagogy from the University of Saigon in 1965 and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1974 for his research on Vasubandhu.He thereafter lectured and pursued research at the Van Hanh University and the Van Hanh Buddhist Research institute in the fields of Indic languages and philosophy and the history of Vietnamese Buddhism.

In 1984, Ven. Le Manh That was arrested for political reasons. He was held for four years without trial, and was sentenced to death in 1988, unjustly convicted of plotting to overthrow the People's Government. Due to national and international outrage, Ven. Le Manh That's sentence was commuted to 20 years in prison. He served half of this time, much of it in solitary confinement, in Camp Z230A, Dong Nai, before being released in 1998.