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About Our Teacher

Mt. Equity Abbess

Rev. Dai-En Bennage

Rev. Patricia Dai-En Bennage found her path on Buddhism with A Manual of Zen by D. T. Suzuki in 1958. A resident of Japan for 23 years, she began practice with the Rinzai Zen Master Omori Sogen Roshi in Tokyo in 1975. She later received priest precepts from Noda Daito Roshi, and trained at the NiSodo, the Women's training monastery in Nagoya. After receiving Transmission, she graduated from the Shike` program ending in 1990. She practiced with the Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh before founding Mt. Equity Zendo in 1991. She is the translator of Abbess Shundo Aoyama Roshi's book Zen Seeds, and interpreted for her for the East-West Spiritual Exchanges between Buddhist and Christian contemplatives.

While in Japan, Rev. Dai-En assisted in leading zazen at Kasamatsu Women’s Prison. Here in the U.S. Rev. Dai-En led zazen at several federal prisons in the area. After leading zazen at Bucknell University for 12 years, she has asked Prof. Nancy Nanshin White to instruct in her place. Installed as Abbess in 2005, Rev. Dai-En is a Jun-Shike`, or Associate Master Teacher, authorized to assist other teachers’ disciples and assist in major ceremonies.

Teaching in the new MEZ Jiho-an


In 2008, Rev. Dai-En was one of twenty Buddhist women presented with the "Outstanding Women in Buddhism Award,"  given by the United Nations International Women's Day Association for the promotion of the status of women.

Rev. Dai-En Bennage & Shundo Aoyama Roshi



Mt. Equity Zendo offers Zen Meditation and the seamless practice of mindfulness.

For information on Mt. Equity's programs call 570-546-2784 or e-mail registrar.
Mt. Equity Zendo is located at 479 Village Rd. Pennsdale, PA 17756-7873