Shoryu Bradley

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Shoryu Bradley
Religion Zen Buddhism
School Sōtō
Lineage Kodo Sawaki-Kosho Uchiyama
Education University of Texas
Nationality American
Senior posting
Based in Gyobutsuji Zen Monastery
Title Priest
Religious career
Teacher Shōhaku Okumura

Shōryū Bradley (Japanese: 正竜ブラッドリー) is a Sōtō Zen priest and the founder and abbot of Gyobutsuji Zen Monastery located near Kingston, Arkansas.


Shoryu Bradley studied psychology at Texas A&M University, where he received a B.S. He went on to graduate studies at the University of Texas and earned an M.Ed. in rehabilitation counseling. In 2002, Shoryu was ordained at Austin Zen Center by his teacher Seirin Barbara Kohn, where he practiced until 2004. In 2004, Shoryu went to study with Shōhaku Okumura at the Sanshin Zen Community in Bloomington, Indiana. He also visited and trained at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center near Monterey, California. He attended two Sōtōshū International Training angos, one at Shogo-ji in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. In 2010 Shoryu received dharma transmission from Okumura.

In 2011 Shoryu Bradley founded Gyobutsuji Zen Monastery in order to create a place for the practice of zazen in the United States similar to Antai-ji.



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