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Genzan Quennell: How to Carve a Buddha

Genzan Quennell: How to Carve a Buddha

Episode Description: Genzan retraces a recent pilgrimage to Japan where he encountered the life and work of Enku, a 17th century Buddhist monk, who hand carved over 120,000 buddhas for the benefit of the local people. Genzan explores what it means to carve a buddha in the context of our own lives and practice, illustrating the Way by drawing on examples from his teacher as well as fellow practitioners.
BIOs: Genzan Quennell began practicing zen in 1991 in Los Angeles, California.  In 2008, while on pilgrimage to Dogen's temples in China and Japan, he met Roshi Joan Halifax.
In 2009, Genzan requested and received the Precepts from Roshi Joan. In 2010, he again went on pilgrimage with Roshi Joan, this time circumambulating Mount Kailash in Tibet and assisting in the Nepal Nomads' Clinic.  Later that year, he formally became Roshi Joan's student.
In 2013, alongside Joshin Byrnes and Jikyo Frankowski, he received Tokudo (novice priest ordination) at which time he left the marketplace to de