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Sensei Jules Shuzen Harris 

Abbot of Soji Zen Center Lansdowne, PA


Jules Shuzen Harris Sensei received Shiho from Enkyo Roshi at the Wisdom House in Litchfield, Connecticut and became her second Dharma successor. Shuzen Sensei is a member of White Plum Asanga, Zen Peacemakers Sangha, Soto Zen Buddhist Association and American Zen Teachers Association.

Website-Roshi-ShuzenShuzen is a Soto Priest who has been practicing Buddhism for more than 30 years. He is the founder of Soji Zen Center. In August 2006, Shuzen received Hoshi from Enkyo Roshi at the Grail. In May 2002, Shuzen an assistant teacher at Kanzeon Zen Center, Salt Lake City, UT, received Denkai (transmission of the precepts) from Genpo Roshi, Abbot of Kanzeon Zen Center.

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Jules Shuzen Harris holds an Ed.D with a concentration in applied human development. As a psychotherapist, Shuzen has found creative ways to synthesize Western psychology and Zen to achieve dramatic results with his patients and students. He also focuses on the relationship between Zen and the martial arts. He holds black belts in Iaido (the art of drawing and cutting with a samurai sword) and in Kendo (Japanese fencing). Shuzen founded two Japanese swordsmanship schools in Albany, NY and Salt Lake City, UT.

Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara 

Abbot of Dotoku-ji / Village Zendo New York, NY

Abbot Emeritus of Soji Zen Center Lansdowne, PA

Roshi Enkyo Roshi is a Zen Priest and certified Zen Teacher in the Soto tradition. She studied with John Daido Loori Roshi of Zen Mountain Monastery and Taizan Maezumi Roshi of the Zen Center of Los Angeles/Zen Mountain Center. In 1997 she received Shiho (Dharma transmission) from Roshi Bernie Tetsugen Glassman and in June, 2004, she received Inka from him in an empowerment ceremony held at the House of One People in Montague, MA.

Roshi currently serves as Co-Spiritual Director of the Zen Peacemaker Family, a spiritual, study and social action association.

Enkyo Roshi’s focus is on true self-expression, peacemaking and HIV/AIDS activism. She holds a Ph.D in Media Ecology and taught Multi-media at New York University for over 20 years.