Bodhin weaves metaphor and allegory together to explain the importance of meditation. He will deliver several tangible benefits of meditation that would go unrealized without personal experience.
Bodhin Kjolhede is the abbot of the Rochester Zen Center. Prior to coming to the Center in 1970, he received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan. He was ordained as a Buddhist priest in 1976 and went on to spend several years traveling extensively with the Center’s founder, Roshi Philip Kapleau, and working closely with him on three of his books.After completing twelve years of koan training under Roshi Kapleau, Roshi Kjolhede spent a year on pilgrimage through Japan, China, India, Tibet, and Taiwan. In 1986 he was installed by Roshi Kapleau as his Dharma-successor and, the following year, Abbot of the Center. Since then he has conducted hundreds of retreats (sesshin), most of seven days, in the United States, Sweden, Germany, and Mexico. He has published numerous articles and travels widely to participate in Buddhist teachers’ conferences. He now devotes most of his time to teaching at the Rochester Zen Center and conducting sesshin at Chapin Mill, its country retreat center.In his more than 20 years of teaching, Roshi Kjolhede has sanctioned six of his students as Zen teachers; they now lead Zen centers in Mexico, Sweden, Finland, Germany, and New Zealand.