Template:Infobox Buddhist biography Enkyō Pat O'Hara, a Zen roshi with transmission in both the Soto and Rinzai lines, is the abbot of the of Village Zendo in New York City (formerly located in her apartment).[1][2] She serves as co-spiritual director of the Zen Peacemaker Order[1] along with Tetsugen Bernard Glassman. She is also a former professor of interactive media at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She holds a doctorate in Media ecology. A socially engaged Buddhist, she is a member of the White Plum Asanga and manages the Buddhist AIDS Network.

Much of Enkyo’s activism is in the world of HIV/AIDS, from teaching meditation to HIV-positive practitioners to working on prevention strategies among those at risk, and serving as Chairperson of the Board of the National AIDS Interfaith Network. As a lesbian,[2] she articulates a Zen Buddhist approach to issues of difference around sexuality, race, class, and health. O'Hara was ordained a Soto priest by Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi in 1995 and received shiho from Bernard Glassman in 1996. In June 2004 Glassman gave O'Hara inka.[2]

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  1. Gregory, 41
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wilson, 102-103