Paul Haller

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Paul Haller
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Religion Buddhist
School Sōtō
Born [], Belfast, Northern Ireland
Senior posting
Based in San Francisco Zen Center
Title Roshi
Religious career

Ryushin Paul Haller, a Soto Zen roshi, is a former Abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center—a position he held from 2003 until February 2012.[1] Leaving his homeland of Belfast in Northern Ireland in the early 1970s, Haller spent time in Russia, Afghanistan and Japan. He then went to Thailand for two years where he was ordained as a Buddhist monk. Coming to California in 1974, he entered Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and was later ordained as a priest by Zentatsu Richard Baker in 1980. He received shiho from Sojun Mel Weitsman in 1993, giving him authority to teach.[2][3][4] Since the year 2000 Paul has also been the Teacher of Black Mountain Zen Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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  1. ^ SFZC Lineage
  2. ^ Ford, 130
  3. ^ Clarke
  4. ^ SFZC


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