Saturday, January 23, 2010 6:55 PM
Fordham University Guest Teacher Robert E. Kennedy, SJ, Roshi
400 Westchester Av, Room 133, West Harrison, NY.
Meeting on Mondays, 6:30 -7:30 pm.
White Plains Zen is pleased to welcome Robert Edward Kennedy, S.J., Roshi.
Kennedy Roshi will join White Plains Zen at Fordam Westchester and a give dharma talk (a teaching).
This is a special event as Kennedy Roshi visits only once or twice a year.
Robert E. Kennedy is a Jesuit priest, professor, psychotherapist and Zen roshi in the White Plum lineage, having studied with Yamada Koun in Japan in the 1970s. Ordained a priest in Japan in 1965, he was installed as a Zen teacher of the White Plum Asanga lineage in 1991 and was given the title Roshi in 1997. Kennedy studied Zen with Yamada Roshi in Kamakura, Japan, Maezumi Roshi in Los Angeles and is dharma heir of Bernard Glassman Roshi in New York. Glassman installed Kennedy as sensei in 1991 and conferred Inka (his final seal of approval) in 1997, making him a roshi (master). Kennedy is currently an elder in the Zen Peacemaker Order founded by Glassman in 1996. In addition to his work at the college, he is a practicing psychotherapist in New York City, a representative at the United Nations of the Institute for Spiritual Consciousness in Politics and the author of two books, "Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit" and "Zen Gifts to Christians."
Kennedy Roshi sits with his Zen students daily at the Morning Star Zendo in Jersey City and with students in other zendos located throughout the tri-state area. Kennedy's vision is for the Morning Star Zendo to foster continuously an environment for interfaith dialogue?to be a place where people of all religious varieties meet and respect one another's traditions and points of view. The spirit at the zendo reflects and builds upon Kennedy's deep respect for and knowledge of Buddhism. It carries out the principles laid out in the Jesuit statement on mission and interreligious dialogue, which demands that Jesuits be not only familiar with the thought of men and women of other religious traditions, but be immersed with them in theological exchange and in a dialogue of life, action, and religious experience.