Zen Master Senshin
Photo of Zen Master Senshin by Christine Federici
Zen Master Senshin is the Guiding Teacher of the Queensland Zen Centre. Her training began in 1978 in NYC when she became the student of the renowned Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn. She first visited Australia in 1995, at which time she was an ordained nun in the Kwan Um School of Zen and Abbot of the Furnace Mountain Zen Centre in Kentucky, USA.
Having received Inka (permission to teach) from Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1996, she was invited to Brisbane and began her life here as our resident teacher. After the death of her teacher Zen Master Seung Sahn in 2004, and in keeping with his teaching, Zen Master Senshin guided the QZC through the process of establishing itself as an independent Zen training centre. In 2006, she received Transmission as a Zen Master in the lineage of Zen Master Seung Sahn from Zen Master Dae Gak.
From 1999 to 2009, Zen Master Senshin continued to deepen in her training by attending intensive training periods in the Rinzai tradition under the guidance of Shodo Harada Roshi, Abbot of Sogen-ji Temple in Okayama, Japan and Tahoma Monastery in Seattle, USA. From 1996-2006, she worked as a Pastoral Counsellor in Palliative Care in Brisbane, where - drawing on her spiritual realisation - she helped enable those in her care to discover their own spiritual resources as they were dying, or grieving for someone they loved. Zen Master Senshin has also worked as a counselor in a regional program for refugees and asylum seekers. She currently volunteers as a support worker with a Brisbane settlement agency.
Zen Master Senshin oversees all aspects of the traditional zen training provided at the QZC, including: weekly Dharma talks, monthly retreats, and kong-an interviews (a traditional process of inquiry). She emphasises a return to fundamentals and awakening to the mind that is essential. Zen Master Senshin provides comprehensive training ranging from the introduction of breathing and awareness practices for beginning students, to intensive kong-an practices for advanced members, as they mature and ripen in their capacity to teach others.
Zen Master Senshin is the author of Essence of Mind, a book containing a selection of her Dharma Talks given during first years of her Brisbane residency.