Introducing ZPI Affiliate: Dai Bai Zan ChÅ BÅ Zen Temple
To strengthen our planetary network, ZPI will feature newly affiliated groups.Â Â Â Â
Introducing a new ZPI affiliate group:
Dai Bai Zan ChÅ BÅ Zen Temple (ChÅbÅ-Ji)
What is your organization’s name?
Dai Bai Zan ChÅ BÅ Zen JiÂ å¤§æ¢ å±±è´æ³ç¦ å¯º (âThe Listening to the Dharma Zen Temple on Great Plum Mountainâ)
We are diverse community doing deep spiritual inquiry through silent meditation and caring action for the benifit of all beings, great and small, animate and inanimate.
Where is your organization based?
How many regular members do you serve?Â Â 50
We formed around the Zen practice of Dr. Glenn Webb and Rev. Genki Takabayashi.
Tell us about one exciting project, retreat, or other offerings that you are currently working on.
We cook vegetarian meals for the homeless. We actively support the Duwamish tribe. We actively participate in the WA State Faith Action Network. To learn more, please visit the “Engaged Buddhism” page of our website.
How do the Three Tenets inform your social engagement?
Many of our members have participated in ZPI events and Bearing Witness retreats. We are interested in helping to organize a Deep-South Bearing Witness retreat in American Race issues in 2022 or 2023.
What is the most meaningful challenge your organization faces?
How to stay socially engaged in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Your main website URL: Â www.choboji.org
Board President: Rev. Anne Sendo Howells, [email protected].
Current Abbot: Kokan (å¤è¦³)Â GenjÅ (çæ) Marinello, RÅshi and OshÅ.
GenjÅ RÅshi began his Zen training in 1975. He moved to Seattle in 1976 to serve as a VISTA community organizer in the central district of Seattle. In 1980, GenjÅ was ordained as a Zen monk, and in 1981-82, he trained in Japan. In 1999, GenjÅ succeeded Genki Takabayashi RÅshi as the second abbot (OshÅ) of the Seattle Zen temple, ChoBo-Ji, and became a Dharma Heir in his lineage of Rinzai Zen in 2008. GenjÅ has been a member of the University Friends Meeting (Quakers) since 1983.Â He is also a psychotherapist in private practice. For several years, GenjÅ was the volunteer Buddhist pastor at the Twin Rivers Correction Center in Monroe Washington, and has also served as adjunct faculty at the Seattle campus of Antioch University. In addition, he has attended five Bearing Witness Retreats with ZPI.
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