Meet Josho Pat Phelan Rōshi

The Chapel Hill Zen Center, in the Spring of 1991, asked the Abbots of the San Francisco Zen Center to send Taitaku Josho Patricia Phelan to lead the group. Pat was ordained in 1977 by the former Abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center, Zentatsu Richard Baker, who was Suzuki Rōshi's successor. She has also studied with two of Suzuki Rōshi's other disciples, Sojun Mel Weitsman and Tenshin Reb Anderson.

Pat began sitting zazen in Oregon in 1969. She moved to San Francisco in 1971 and spent several years at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.

Prior to her arrival in Chapel Hill in August, 1991, she was a Practice Leader and Director of Zen Center's residence facility in San Francisco.

In the Fall of 1995, she returned to Tassajara and completed her training by receiving Dharma Transmission from Abbot Sojun Weitsman. In October, 2000, Josho Sensei was officially installed as Abbess of the Chapel Hill Zen Center. In December, 2008, Josho Sensei traveled to Japan to participate in Zuise ceremonies at Eihei-ji and Soji-ji temples. She is married and has a daughter.



Josho Rōshi has ordained
several disciples as priests:

Nyugen Elizabeth Moore (1943-2018), ordained 2003.
Nyugen's Talk on Zen Practice.

Kuden Paul Boyle, ordained 2003, Shuso (Head Monk) 2009, leads the Forest City Zen Group in London, Ontario.
Kuden's Talks on Zen Practice.

Jakuko Mo Ferrell, ordained 2008, Shuso 2014.
Jakuko's Talk on Breathing.

Choro Carla Antonaccio, ordained 2010, Shuso 2016. Choro is now the Tanto at the Austin Zen Center where she helps lead practice and teach.
Choro's Talk on Returning to the Source and on Intimacy.

Zenki Kathleen Batson, ordained 2015, Shuso 2019.

Senmyo Jeff Sherman, ordained 2018.

Eden Kevin Heffernan, ordained 2018, leads Richmond Zen.





Josho Rōshi's Talks
on Zen Practice