We're delighted to announce that Abby Mushin Terris received Sangha Transmission from Chozen and Hogen Bays on July 27th and is fully empowered as a lay teacher. She received the transmission name "Ho-en", or "Dharma Garden", which is also the name of her zendo.
This transmission acknowledges Mushin’s decades of sustained practice and maturity in Dharma. The term “Sangha Transmission” refers to the role of the sangha in recognizing and co-creating a person as a Zen teacher. Mushin has led a warm and vital sangha sitting group in Corvallis since 1992.
Mushin has studied with several teachers including Robert Aitken Roshi, Genki Takabayashi Roshi, Joan Rieck Roshi as well as twenty years of practice with Chozen Bays, Roshi and Zen Community of Oregon.
Mushin's sangha, the Corvallis Zen Circle, sewed her a new brown rakusu with donated and dyed scraps of fabric. This was in honor of a tradition dating back to the time of the Buddha, when robes were made of donated and discarded pieces of cloth dyed with saffron and turmeric.
On July 28th, during the Sunday program at Great Vow, Mushin's transmission was publicly celebrated and she gave a talk and fielded questions.