Danan Henry

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Danan Henry
Born1939 (age 79–80)
ReligionZen Buddhism
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley
Senior posting
Based inZen Center of Denver (formerly)
PredecessorPhilip Kapleau
Robert Baker Aitken

Michael Danan Henry (born 1939) is an American Roshi in the Harada-Yasutani lineage, a Zen sect derived from both the Rinzai and Sōtō traditions of Japanese Zen), practicing in the Diamond Sangha lineage of Robert Baker Aitken. The founding teacher of the Zen Center of Denver, Henry received Dharma transmission from Philip Kapleau Roshi in 1989 and was subsequently recognized as a Diamond Sangha teacher and master by Robert Baker Aitken.[1][2][3] Danan Henry Roshi created and implemented the Monastery Without Walls training program; the Lotus in the Flame Lay Order; and the "Every Minute Zen" mindfulness practice as abbot and spiritual director of the Zen Center of Denver.[citation needed]

On September 12, 2010, Danan Roshi conferred Dharma transmission and appointment of abbacy to Karin Kempe, Ken Morgareidge, and Peggy Sheehan, and stepped aside as abbot of the Zen Center of Denver.[4]

Danan Roshi has since been serving as the teacher of the Old Bones Sangha, a small group of mostly senior students.

On June 30, 2016, Danan Roshi conferred Dharma transmission to Rafe Martin in a ceremony at the Rochester Zen Center.

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  • Ford, James Ishmael (2006). Zen Master Who?: A Guide to the People and Stories of Zen. Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-509-8.
  • Honolulu Diamond Sangha (August 11, 2010). "Diamond Sangha Obituary for Aitken Roshi". Tricycle. Retrieved 2015-05-04.
  • Prebish, Charles S. (1999). Luminous Passage: The Practice and Study of Buddhism in America. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-21697-0.