Roshi Enkyo’s 80th Birthday Fundraiser

This Tuesday, January 11, 2022, Roshi Enkyo O’Hara, our beloved founder, teacher, and Abbot, will celebrate her 80th birthday. For over 35 years Roshi Enkyo, with her partner and co-founder, Roshi Barbara Joshin O’Hara, has inspired and guided the Village Zendo community.

Roshi Enkyo is known for her compassionate, down-to-earth, practical teaching, her deep insight, her ready wit, and her appreciation of everyday life. As a Soto Zen priest and contemporary American Zen teacher, she integrates traditional meditation and koan practice with social engagement and peacemaking. A Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order, she taught for many years at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, centering on new media technologies and social justice. Roshi O’Hara’s writing has appeared in Tricycle, Turning Wheel, Shambhala Sun, Buddhadharma and other Buddhist journals. She is the author of Most Intimate, A Zen Approach to Life’s Challenges, A Winter Sesshin: Ten Talks on the Heart Sutra, and A Little Bit of Zen.

Roshi’s 80th birthday coincides with the Village Zendo’s move to a new home in the Tribeca section of New York City. The Village Zendo community looks forward to many more years of her fellowship and spiritual direction.

Happy Birthday, Roshi!

Roshi Enkyo and Roshi Joshin live in a very small Village apartment in New York City, and request no physical gifts. If you wish to give a donation to the Village Zendo in honor of Roshi’s birthday you can do so below:

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