Timeline of Zen Buddhism in the United States

Below is a timeline of important events regarding Zen Buddhism in the United States. Dates with "?" are approximate.


Early historyEdit


Hsuan Hua, America's first Chinese Chan teacher.






Merle Kodo Boyd became the first African-American woman to receive Dharma transmission in Zen Buddhism in 2006.


Taitaku Pat Phelan is a Sōtō Zen priest and current abbot of Chapel Hill Zen Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


  1. ^ "Suzuki, D. T. (1870–1966), the foremost exponent of Zen Buddhism in the West". American National Biography.
  2. ^ Kernan, Michael (March 19, 1974). "When East Meets West". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ Berkley, Jack (June 26, 1975). "A Priest in Pursuit of Zen". The Montgomery Journal.
  4. ^ von Sturmer, Richard (2000). "Mind to Mind". ZenBow. Numbers 2 & 3. XXII (Summer 2000): 25–27.
  5. ^ Zen master who?: a guide to the people and stories of Zen By James Ishmael Ford
  6. ^ "Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, Public Statement from the General Meeting of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives ".
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-11. Retrieved 2016-02-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Genpo Merzel Disrobes".
  9. ^ Barger, TK (April 25, 2015). "Weik installed as abbot of Buddhist Temple of Toledo". Toledo Blade. Toledo Blade. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  10. ^ Staff, Lion's Roar. "Joshin Brian Byrnes appointed as Upaya vice-abbot – Lion's Roar". Retrieved 2020-10-14.
  11. ^ Enns, G. S. (2016-07-09). "Zen Fellowship of Bakersfield: Here and Now Newsletter – Summer 2016". Zen Fellowship of Bakersfield. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  12. ^ Rebecca Li receives Dharma Transmission
  13. ^ "Ron Hogen Green Receives Dharma Transmission in MRO". December 23, 2016.
  14. ^ "Practice Leaders – Zen Mountain Monastery".
  15. ^ "About". Vanessa Zuisei Goddard.
  16. ^ "Linkedin page for Joshin Brian Brynes". Linked-in page for Joshin Brian Byrnes. 13 October 2020.