About Us

We are a small, but dedicated practice community affiliated with and lead by an Order of Engaged Buddhists Priest.  Like many Buddhist traditions  we consider the word sangha not exclusive to the monastic community, but to include lay members as well.   Flowing River Zen was founded to help others experience the Dharma and it’s teachings in order to be agents for change in the modern and often times confusing and stressful world.   Our approach is to combine meditation, guided instruction, and community engagement.   We will provide support to the development of your practice and growth.     We welcome all, regardless of formal faith affiliation or lack thereof. Our members come from a broad range of backgrounds from young to old, including artists, retirees, students, service workers, attorneys and other professionals.   The 21st century is an exciting time for engaging Buddhist study as past Asian-legacy practices are being enriched by modern Western methods that resonates in useful and positive ways for those encountering Buddhism for the first time. 



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Our Teachers

Rev. Shi Shen-Jin Kenna ThD


Shen-Jin Brian Kenna is a fully ordained Priest in the Order of Engaged Buddhists and authorized to teach the Dharma as represented by his root teacher's ordaining lineage which is both Ch’an, and Soto Zen . He is a formal student and dharma heir to  The Rt. Rev. David Shen-Xi Astor, Sensei , Prior General of OEB.   He received a BA, Masters in Ministry and Doctorate in Theology from Crossroads Theological Seminary.  He continued his post graduate education at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, as well as Post Graduate studies in law receiving a Paralegal Certification from Blackstone Law.  Prior to stepping on the Buddhist path, he was an ordained christian minister serving in both Baptist and UCC churches.  In addition to serving as the resident teacher for Flowing River Zen he also serves as the Director Administrative Office of the Prior and Director of Novices for his Order.

Lay Leadership

Flowing River Zen is governed by a Board of Directors led by Senior Formal Lay students.