Paul Haller

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Paul Haller
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Based inSan Francisco Zen Center

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 2000 Haller 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


  • "SFZC Lineage". Archived from the original on 14 October 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  • Clarke, Liam (3 November 2002). "Belfast turns to Zen healing". The Sunday Times. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2008.
  • Ford, James Ishmael (2006). Zen Master Who?: A Guide to the People and Stories of Zen. Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-509-8.
  • SFZC. "Ryushin Paul Haller". San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC). Archived from the original on 28 November 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2008.
  • SFZC. "Ryushin Paul Haller". San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC). Archived from the original on 29 November 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
  • Japan Times. "Zen Monk helps bring peace in N. Ireland". Japan Times. Retrieved 21 April 2010.

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