Back in February, our sangha was honored to welcome dharma teacher Chimyo Atkinson to Brooklyn.
Chimyo Simone Atkinson currently serves as Assistant Abbess and Head of Practice at Great Tree Zen Women’s Temple in North Carolina. She was ordained a priest in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition in 2007 and received Dharma Transmission in 2015. She received her monastic training at Great Tree Zen Women’s Temple and completed Sotoshu International training periods (Ango) in Japan in 2010 and 2011. She also completed training periods at the Aichi Senmon Nisodo in Nagoya in 2012 and Ryumonji Monastery in Iowa in 2014.
Chimyo currently volunteers with the sangha at Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institute. She has served on the board of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association since 2017 and helped to draft that organization’s standards for formal monastic practice. She is a member of the Association of Soto Zen Buddhists Jukai-e committee and an SZBA liaison to that organization’s Roadmap Committee.
This is one of the dharma talks she offered at Brooklyn Zen Center.
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