Cuong Lu, a Buddhist teacher, scholar, and writer, was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam, in 1968 and emigrated to Holland with his family in 1980. He majored in East Asian studies at the University of Leiden, and in 1993 was ordained a monk at Plum Village in France under the guidance of Thich Nhat Hanh. In 2000, he was recognized as a teacher in the Lieu Quan line of the Linji School of Zen Buddhism. During the Lamp Transmission Ceremony, Thich Nhat Hanh offered Cuong this insight poem:
Functioning at the True Source of the Dharma
Strengthening your roots
The strong, saddled horse is already yours
Be peace on the journey of 10,000 miles
In 2009, Cuong left Plum Village and returned to lay life in the Netherlands, where, together with five colleagues, he stood at the birth of the Buddhist Spiritual Care Program within Holland's penitentiary system. In 2015, he received a master’s degree in Buddhist Spiritual Care at Vrije (“Free”) University in Amsterdam.
Cuong is the founder of Mind Only School, in Gouda, South Holland, where he teaches Buddhist philosophy and psychology, specializing in Yogachara Buddhism combined with the Madhyamaka (Middle Way) School of Nagarjuna. Cuong leads retreats and offers Dharma talks in the Europe, the US, and Asia, and offers presentations to large organizations. He is the author of four books in Vietnamese, two books in Dutch and one book in English.