Joshin Byrnes, Sensei

Taking responsibility for the world together with Joshin Byrnes, Sensei

Joshin Byrnes, Sensei has walked a braided path in his spiritual journey studying philosophy and theology, seeking inspiration in Vedic yoga and the interspiritual practices of the New Monastic movement, and even in his youth, taking vows as a Dominican brother. He is a student of Upaya’s founder and guiding teacher, Roshi Joan Halifax, and is a lineage holder in the Maezumi Roshi and Bernie Glassman Roshi family of Soto Zen and the Zen Peacemaker Order. He has been a dharma teacher at Upaya Zen Center as well as its President and Vice Abbot. Joshin continues to direct Upaya’s Chaplaincy Training program and lead practice periods at Upaya as well as social justice initiatives and Upaya’s Street Ministry. Joshin recently started Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community in Vermont. His understanding of the dharma holds that personal and social liberation co-arise as a result of an integrated life. 

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