Roshi Paul Genki Kahn
Roshi Paul Genki Kahn is founder and Spiritual Director of ZEN GARLAND: A Community Order for Zen Practice, Education & Service, in Airmont, NY USA.
Genki began dedicated yoga and meditation practice in the 1960s. In 1970 he entered residential Zen training with Aitken Roshi in Hawaii. He transferred to the Zen Center of Los Angeles in 1972 to become a monk and priest under Taizan Maezumi Roshi, served as his personal attendant, and was the Director of Training there. In 1980 he came to New York with Roshi Bernie to establish what has become the Greyston Mandala. He received Final Vows as a Priest from Roshi Dennis Genpo Merzel. He is a Dharma Successor of Roshi Bernie Glassman and received Inka from him.
Roshi Genki is a Past President of the Zen Peacemakers. He founded High Mountain Crystal Lake Zen Community in 2004, which later became Zen Garland when the community bought 5 acres of land in Airmont, NY to bring a full range of contemporary Zen training to the greater metropolitan area. He is focusing his efforts on developing Socially Engaged Buddhism in the West, and providing thorough Zen training paths for the general public and thorough education and practice paths for the senior, committed students seeking ordination in the Zen Garland priesthood and training as a Zen teacher. He has innovated new Paths in Christian Zen with Roshi Ann Ankai Wagner and in Red Path (Native American) Zen with Roshi Duncan Sings-Alone.
Over the past 25 years, Genki has designed and administered public and private mental health programs for disadvantaged people in New York and New Jersey. He pioneered quality treatment for persons with co-occurring conditions of mental illness and drug and alcohol addictions. During the crack wars in the South Bronx in the early ’90s, he created the MICA Program at Fordham Tremont Community Mental Health Center, that today still treats over 100 people daily. Last year he supervised four clinics for at risk youth in the Bronx, two of which were in high schools.
Roshi Monika Genmitsu Kahn
Roshi Monika Genmitsu Kahn is a Zen Master Teacher and Zen Buddhist Priest ordained and empowered by Roshi Paul Genki Kahn, in the lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi. Roshi Genmitsu began her spiritual practice in 1977, studying for three years under Pastor Paul Huber who taught Christian contemplation and social action in Bern, Switzerland. Rev. Kahn practiced contemplation daily and tutored disabled children at a special school.
From 1996 – 1997 she practiced a full year of the Christian “Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola” under Christian Rutishauser SJ in Bern, Switzerland. Rev. Kahn began her Zen practice in 1997 with Pierre Stutz (priest until 2004, today author) in the open monastery ‘Abbaye de Fontaine-André’ in Neuchâtel.
To become a Zen Buddhist Priest, Roshi Kahn studied with four organizations in the White Plum Asanga beginning in 1999: Lassalle Haus, Edlibach, Switzerland, Peacemakers Circle Switzerland, Bern, Switzerland, Zen Peacemakers Seminary, Montatague, MA, USA, and with her Teacher Roshi Paul Genki Kahn and the Sangha of Zen Garland, in Wyckoff, NJ, and now in Airmont, NY, USA.
From 1991-1998 Roshi Kahn directed a Training Center for women going to run farms and for the last ten years she was involved in the management of a therapeutic residence of young learning disabled students in an institution for Vocational Training in Switzerland. She is very interested in social projects and spiritually based social engagement with an integrative approach.
She works as a Priest, Pastoral Counselor, Zen Teacher and Chief Executive Officer for Zen Garland since it was founded in 2010 and lives at the Sanctuary in Airmont. She received Dharma Transmission in January 2012.
Genmitsu is studying the Native American practices with Grandfather Duncan Sings-Alone, Roshi and his wife Priscilla Buffalo Woman Cogan. She facilitates a Red Path Zen Group at the Sanctuary.
Rev. Paul Kisho Stern
Rev. Paul Kisho Stern is a co-founder of Dharma River Zen Community in Winona, MN. He is also a co-founder of Miao Kong Martial Arts, co-founder of Manitou Center, a junior instructor in the Plum Blossom kung fu tradition under Tia Sifu Neil McRitchie and Tai Simo Peggy McRitchie of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Sifu Eric Machowski of Minneapolis, MN. He is an instructor and disciple within Miao Kong Traditional Martial Arts Association of Taiwan under Lee Chang Ren and Lee Chang Chi.
Kisho began his interest and study of meditation in the early 1990’s. This journey brought him to study with a variety of teachers both in North America and abroad. He deepened his connection and study through during his years in Taiwan, where he studied at Bu Dong Shi in Pingdong Province of southern Taiwan.
Upon returning to Minneapolis, Paul studied Zen Meditation and Buddhist studies at Dharma Field Meditation and Learning Center in Minneapolis under Steve Hagen and Tibetan Buddhism with the Bodhicitta Sangha under Khenpo Sherab Sangpo. This journey has lead him to becoming a priest in the tradition of Roshi Paul Genki Kahn and Roshi Monika Genmitu Kahn from Zen Garland Community and Order in New York, where he continues his study and growth in this area of meditation and Zen practice. In 2017, Kisho ordained as a Zen Priest under Roshi Paul Genki Kahn, under the lineage of Taisen Maezumi Roshi. He is a co-founder of Dharma River Zen Community in Winona, MN.