Celtic Buddhist Monks
"Celtic Buddhist monasticism is inspired and informed by the life of St. Francis, Mother Theresa and St. Brendan, to name a few, and seeks to create a strong religious Buddhist/Christian monastic community. Buddhism will never truly belong to the west until strong monastic communities are present. These communities will become the gathering place for practitioners, offer people the chance to the short and long term retreats and become living examples of what life can be when the focus is not on ourselves." an excerpt from Sister Gryphon's website: www.celticbuddhistmonks.org/
Sister Gryphon was empowered as a lineage holder in July,2011. Sister Gryphon is the Abbess of Glen Ard Abbey and the Director of Shambhala teachings in the Celtic Buddhist Lineage.
Sister Gryphon trained and lived for 8 years at Zen Mountain Monastery where she took postulant and novice ordination vows. She then lived as a mendicant monk for several years taking various jobs and wandering, visiting other spiritual teachers and centers. In 2009 she met Seonaidh Perks and in 2010 received final monastic ordination vows in the Celtic Buddhist Lineage. Sister Gryphon also holds a degree in veterinary medicine and has trained and practiced holistic and herbal medicine. She has also trained with Tom Brown,Jr. in wilderness skills, living with the Earth, and has completed scout training. She is currently living in the woods of Howland, Maine and is in the process of creating an abbey and training temple there.
Eido Boru McIntyre, a Soto Zen Buddhist Priest who is an Australian of Celtic Irish Ancestry, was empowered by Seonaidh Perks as:
*A Celtic Buddhist Monk on the 1st November, 2012
*A Celtic Buddhist Lineage Holder on the 15th May, 2013
*The Bishop of Australia on the 1st July, 2014
Eido's spiritual path lead him to Soto Zen where, after years of practice and study, he was ordained as a Soto Zen Priest by Zen Master Hogen Yamahata of the Open Way Zen (Japan) Tradition. Hogan San gave Eido a mission to work among the marginalized, alienated and disadvantaged in society. Following his Bodhisattva Vows, Eido works in two psychiatric hospitals and a serious offender correctional center. He teaches Meditation and gives Dharma Talks to the residents, inmates and some of the staff. Eido was empowered as a Lineage Holder on May 15, 2013. He is also an ordained Minister of the Worldwide Church of Agnostics.