Enkyo Pat O'Hara
|Enkyō Pat O'Hara|
|School||Sōtō and Rinzai
Zen Peacemaker Circle
|Lineage||White Plum Asanga|
|Based in||Tisch School of the Arts
|Predecessor||Tetsugen Bernard Glassman|
|Successor||Barbara Joshin O’Hara
Jules Shuzen Harris
Randall Ryotan Eiger
Sinlcair Shinryu Thomson
Catherine Anraku Hondorp
Julie Myoko Terestman
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. She serves as co-spiritual director of the Zen Peacemaker Order 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.
In high school, O'Hara read R. H. Blyth’s translations of haiku, Buddhist sutras, and the writings of D. T. Suzuki. This began her studies in Zen which led to her spending a summer at Zen Mountain Monastery in her late thirties.
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, has articulated a Zen Buddhist approach to issues dealing with sexuality, race, class, and health.
- O'Hara, Pat Enkyu (2014). Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life's Challenges. Shambhala Publications. ISBN 978-1590309742.
- Buddhism in the United States
- Buddhism and sexual orientation
- Timeline of Zen Buddhism in the United States
- "Barbara Joshin O'Hara". Village Zendo. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
- "Jules Shuzen Harris, Sensei". Village Zendo. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
- Skinner Keller, Rosemary; Rosemary Radford Ruether; Marie Cantlon (2006). The Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America. Indiana University Press. p. 1096. ISBN 0-253-34685-1.
- Boyle, Richard P. (April 24, 2015). "You Yourself Are Oatmeal". Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
- Gregory, Peter N. (2007). Women Practicing Buddhism: American Experiences. Wisdom Publications. p. 41. ISBN 0-86171-539-X.
- Wilson, Jeff (2000). The Buddhist Guide to New York. Macmillan. pp. 102–103. ISBN 0-312-26715-0.
- "O'Hara, Pat Enkyo". Sweeping Zen. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
- "ZPO Founding Teachers-USA". Zen Peacemaker Order. Retrieved April 26, 2015.