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Sensei Sevan Ross (1951 - )
Sensei Sevan Ross is a Zen Buddhist priest with training backgrounds in both the Soto and Rinzai traditions in the Harada-Yasutani lineage. He was ordained in 1992 as a Zen Buddhist priest by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede, director of the Rochester Zen Center. Sevan has been training in Zen since 1976 and has served on the resident staff of the Rochester Zen Center for eight years where he served as both administrator of the Center and as Head of head priest (Zendo) in charge of training under the Roshi.

In 1996 Sensei Ross became Director of the Chicago Zen Center. Sensei Ross was then sanctioned as a Zen teacher (Sensei) by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede, who is the Director of the Rochester Zen Center and a disciple of Roshi Kapleau. Sensei Ross has trained with four Zen teachers: Roshi Kjolhede, Roshi Kapleau, Toni Packer, and most recently with Roshi James Ford, a Robert-Aitkin lineage teacher. Working with Roshi Ford, he completed the Harada-Yasutani koan curriculum, and in 2007 was given Dharma Transmission by Ford Roshi, who himself holds Dharma Transmission in both the Aitkin lineage and Jiyu Kennett (Soto Line) lineage.

Sevan Ross is vegetarian.

" It is action that embodies what we are so capable of as spiritual practitioners — lifting ourselves above our petty desires in order not to cause suffering and abuse. Vegetarianism has remained embedded in much of the Buddhist community not so much because of what the Buddha did or said so long ago, but because it squares with the compassionate life. Even if we do not see the creature killed, and even if it was not killed for us specifically, it was slaughtered for the market, and we create that market with our desire."

See also the interview by Gabe Konrad

Chicago Zen Centre.

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