Who We Are
No Barriers Zen Temple - 無関寺 - Mukanji, is a Soto Zen temple, in the white Plum Lineage in Washington, D.C. We are focused on providing access to the Buddhadharma for all people. Our aim is to create and maintain an inclusive environment that supports the practice of individuals regardless of their difference or disabilities.
No Barriers Zen Temple intentionally welcomes all. We embrace difference and Oneness, which is found at the core of our Buddhist teachings. We acknowledge the systems of power, oppression, and privilege that have created barriers for people and communities with particular identities, abilities, and histories. We work together as a community, vowing to dismantle these barriers within our institutions and ourselves. These guiding principles apply to all functions and structures of our community. We strive to see the interconnectedness of all beings so that we may realize our True Nature.
Rev. Ōshin Jennings, Hoshi, is a Deaf Zen Buddhist monk in the White Plum lineage of Soto Zen. Ōshin is a student of Enkyo O'Hara Roshi, Abbott of the Village Zendo, who named him a Dharma Holder/Assistant Teacher, in 2016. Ōshin serves as the Village Zendo's representative on the Buddhist Council of New York, where he lives and works as a psychotherapist and artist. The focus of Ōshin's research is where creativity, meditation, and psychological health meet.
As possibly the first ever Deaf Zen Buddhist priest, Ōshin is a pioneer in, and frequent lecturer on, making the Buddhist teachings accessible to communities that traditionally have had limited access to the Dharma. As part of his vision of accessibility he founded No Barriers Zen to provide accessible meditation to the Greater Washington, D.C. area.