Enkyo Pat O'Hara

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Enkyō Pat O'Hara
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Religion Zen Buddhism
School Sōtō and Rinzai
Zen Peacemaker Circle
Lineage White Plum Asanga
Dharma names Enkyō
Senior posting
Based in Tisch School of the Arts
Village Zendo
Title Roshi
Predecessor Tetsugen Bernard Glassman
Successor Barbara Joshin O’Hara [1]
Jules Shuzen Harris [2]
Randall Ryotan Eiger
Sinlcair Shinryu Thomson
Catherine Anraku Hondorp
Julie Myoko Terestman
Religious career
Website www.villagezendo.org

Enkyō Pat O'Hara is a Soto priest and teacher in the Harada-Yasutani lineage of Zen Buddhism. She is abbot and founder of the Village Zendo in New York City.[1][2] She serves as co-spiritual director of the Zen Peacemaker Order[3] along with Tetsugen Bernard Glassman. She is also a former professor of interactive media at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She holds a doctorate in Media ecology. A socially engaged Buddhist, she is a member of the White Plum Asanga and manages the Buddhist AIDS Network.

Much of Enkyo’s activism is in the world of HIV/AIDS, from teaching meditation to HIV-positive practitioners to working on prevention strategies among those at risk, and serving as Chairperson of the Board of the National AIDS Interfaith Network. Enkyo, who is a lesbian,[2] has articulated a Zen Buddhist approach to issues dealing with sexuality, race, class, and health. O'Hara was ordained a Soto priest by Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi in 1995 and received shiho from Bernard Glassman in 1996. In June 2004 Glassman gave O'Hara inka.[4]

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  1. ^ Gregory, 41
  2. ^ a b Wilson, 102-103