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Roshi Shuzen - Soji Zen Center

Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara

Abbot of Village Zendo-New York, NY
Abbot of Soji Zen Center-Lansdowne, PA

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.

Sensei Jules Shuzen Harris

Vice 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 the Vice Abbot of Soji Zen Center, a member of the Zen Peacemakers Sangha, The Soto Zen Buddhist Association, as well as the American Zen Teachers Association.

Shuzen 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.

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.