Rev. Dr. Ryoei (了栄) Tyler
Chair of the International Division of Tendaisyu Hawaii Betsuin Abbot of Kongosan Eigenji
Rev. Dr. Ryoei (了栄) Tyler Chair of the International Division of Tendaisyu Hawaii Betsuin Abbot of Kongosan Eigenji Rev. Dr. Ryoei Tyler was born into a family whose ancestral grave is with Tendaisyu in Japan.
Dr. Tyler graduated from the University of California with a Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics. She received a Honzan Tokudo (本山得度) ordination at Enryakuji (延暦寺), which is the principle temple of Tendaisyu in Shiga Japan. Her shiso (師僧) teacher is Archbishop Ryokan Ara (大僧正荒了寛) of Tendaisyu Hawaii Betsuin. Dr. Tyler has fully completed the Shidoke-Gyo (四度加行) with a teaching certificate at the Hieizan Gyoin (比叡山行院) training center on Mt. Hiei (比叡山) in Japan.
She has the title of Grand Ajari (大阿闍梨) and in addition, the title of Overseas Missionary (海外開教師) issued by Handa Koujyun Ozasu-sama, and Morikawa Kouei Ozasu-sama respectively. (Ozasu-sama is the principle priest of Enryakuji). She is also the Chief Overseas Missionary of Tendaisyu Hawaii Betsuin, and in that capacity, she is helping to propagate Tendai Buddhism outside of Japan. She offers training to those who wish to become Tendai Priests, confers Tokudo Ordination, and gives further training after Tokudo ordination.
Dr. Tyler regularly gives sutra chanting and discussion sessions, Tendai shikan (止観) meditation classes, dharani chanting, and Syakyo (写経) classes for all those who seek the teachings of Buddhism.