Jules Shuzen Harris

Jules Shuzen Harris

Jules Shuzen Harris is a psychotherapist and Zen teacher, founder, and abbot of Soji Zen Center in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. Based on his decades of experience working with Zen students and psychotherapy clients, he has created a powerful method that combines the rigor of Zen practice, psychological insights of early Buddhism, and tools from a contemporary psychotherapeutic method known as "Mind-Body Bridging." He is a dharma heir of Pat Enkyo O'Hara and has practiced with many other Zen teachers, including John Daido Loori and Dennis Genpo Merzel. Born in a working-class town outside of Philadelphia, Harris is the first African-American to have received transmission in the Soto Zen tradition. He has a black belt in the Japanese martial arts of Iaido and Kendo and has published a number of articles in Tricycle, Buddhadharma, and Lion's Roar magazines.

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