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Description: This talk was given by Ruben Habito Roshi, founding teacher of Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, TX and Professor of Comparative Religion at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He offers an inspiring introductory talk on Zen, centered on two key questions of a lifetime… Please enjoy this 30 minute talk from a great living Zen master to find out more!.
NOTE: The original recording is at a low audio level with some background noise, however Rubne Roshi’s words can be heard. Please increase/adjust your volume when Ruben’s talk begins (@ ~ 1:12 minute mark) and you’ll be able to listen without any issues. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.
Ruben L.F. Habito is “… a native of the Philippines, went to Japan in his early twenties as a Jesuit seminarian, and began training in Zen under the guidance of Yamada Koun Roshi, then head of the Sanbo Kyodan community, at the San-Un Zendo in Kamakura Japan. Ordained Jesuit priest in 1976, and having completed Doctoral studies in Buddhism at the University of Tokyo, he taught at Sophia University, all the while continuing his Zen practice. He was authorized as Zen Teacher by Yamada and given the Zen Name Keiun-ken (Grace Cloud) in 1988. He left the Jesuit order in 1989 and moved to Dallas, Texas. He teaches at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. Since 1991 he has been guiding teacher at the Maria Kannon Zen Center community in Dallas. He is married to Maria Reis Habito, with whom he has two sons, Florian and Benjamin …” ~ BIO excerpted from Sweeping Zen.