Maria Kannon Zen Center

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Maria Kannon Zen Center
Ruben Habito.jpg
Ruben Habito, guiding teacher
AffiliationSanbo Kyodan
LocationWhite Rock UMC

1450 Old Gate Lane Room 202

Dallas, TX 75218
CountryUnited States

Maria Kannon Zen Center (MKZC) is a non-profit practice center in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Zen Buddhism, located in Dallas, Texas and founded in 1991 by the guiding teacher Ruben Habito (a Dharma heir of Yamada Koun).[1] MKZC derives its name by combining the names of the Virgin Mary of Christianity and Kannon bodhisattva of Buddhism. It is actually the name of a figurine revered in Japan during Christian persecution there.[2] Many of the MKZC members are individuals who consider themselves Christian, with Habito himself being a practicing Catholic and former Jesuit priest.[3] MKZC is listed with the American Zen Teachers Association.[1]

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  1. ^ Post; xiii
  2. ^ Habito
  3. ^ Ford; 184


  • Ford, James Ishmael (2006). Zen Master Who?: A Guide to the People and Stories of Zen. Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-509-8.
  • Post, Stephen Garrard (2002). Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy, & Religion in Dialogue. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-514358-2.
  • Habito, Ruben (1994). "Maria Kannon Zen: Explorations in Buddhist-Christian Practice". Buddhist-Christian Studies. University of Hawai'i Press. 14: 145–156. doi:10.2307/1389831. JSTOR 1389831.

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Coordinates: 32°46′47″N 96°43′11″W / 32.779601°N 96.719742°W / 32.779601; -96.719742