About the Founder

ZHI LING – In 2008 Jo Slater had the fantastic luck of meeting and taking refuge with Dharma King Dechan Jeuren – MahaVairocana Buddha, lineage bearer of the Hanmi Esoteric School and LinJi Chan school in China. She received her Dharma name – Zhi Ling.
Dechan Jeuren stayed in Brentwood, Chelmsford and Leigh-on-Sea on his visits. Temples were opened in Chelmsford and Brentwood and Jo felt very strongly that a Temple should be opened in Leigh-on-Sea.
In April 2015, after a lot of hard work and a lot of blood, sweat and tears, the dream was realised when the MahaAmita Temple was opened by the Mayor of Southend-on-Sea. The only Buddhist Temple in the Borough, Jo was then invited by the Mayor to present the Buddhist flags to him at the Southend Borough Annual General Meeting, which he accepted on behalf of the Borough.
In 2016 Jo was invited to become the Buddhist
representative for SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) for the Southend Borough and currently sits on the panel.
The founding Director of the Centre, Jo is an ordained Buddhist teacher and runs meditation and healing sessions weekly and Mindfulness courses monthly. Jo is an advocate of teaching and promoting the benefits of meditation and visits schools, groups and organisations within the local community giving talks and workshops.
Jo’s personal philosophy is to be as honest and truthful as is possible. She tries to abide by her Guru’s wishes to “Forgive everyone, help everyone, respect everyone.”
If you are interested in Jo visiting your school or organisation, or would like to bring a group to visit the Temple, please call the Centre or email directly to discuss.