Cuong Lu, Buddhist teacher, scholar, and writer, was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam, in 1968 and emigrated to the Netherlands with his family in 1980. He was ordained a monk at Plum Village in France under the guidance of Thich Nhat Hanh and became his 18th disciple. In 2000, he was recognized as a teacher in the Lieu Quan line of the Linji School of Zen Buddhism.
Cuong is the founder of Mind Only, located in Gouda, where he teaches Buddhist philosophy and psychology, specializing in Yogachara Buddhism combined with the Madhyamaka (middle way) school of Nagarjuna. In 2022, he founded the No Word Zen order, emphasizing the whole world as a place of practice. Cuong leads retreats and gives Dharma talks in Europe, the United States, and Asia and offers presentations to large organizations. He is the author of three books, The Buddha in Jail, Wait,
and Happiness Is Overrated
. For more information, please visit www.nowordzen.com