Josho Pat Phelan

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Josho Pat Phelan
Taitaku Pat Phelan.jpg
Religion Sōtō
Other names Taitaku Josho
Senior posting
Based in Chapel Hill Zen Center
Title Priest
Religious career
Website http://www.chzc.org

Josho Pat Phelan, Buddhist name Taitaku Josho,[1] is a Sōtō Zen priest and current abbot of Chapel Hill Zen Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina—she has served as abbot there since 2000.[2] Before coming to Chapel Hill, she practiced for twenty years at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and the San Francisco Zen Center (where she became practice leader and director).[3][4] Phelan began leading the Chapel Hill Zen Center in 1991, when there were just eight members including herself. As of 2001, the center had forty-five members and provides meditation instruction for approximately one-hundred and fifty people every year.[5] Ordained as a priest by Zentatsu Richard Baker in 1977, she began Zen practice in 1969 and has also trained under Sojun Mel Weitsman, Robert Baker Aitken and Tenshin Reb Anderson[6] Additionally, Phelan is a member of the American Zen Teachers Association, and in 1995 she received shiho from Sojun Weitsman at Tassajara.[7][8]

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