Peaceful Dragon (AnRyūJi) is a three-season, non-residential Zen home temple and Ancestral Memorial Zendo founded in remembrance of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and his life in the United States.
In a warm and intimate way, we offer Zazen, sittings, Sesshins, supervised solo retreats, community service practice and the opportunity to study and train face to face with a Zen teacher.
The activities at the temple follow the cycles of the seasons as fundamental support for deepening our connection to the Earth; for embodying a commitment to Zazen as a way of life; for the continuous cultivation of service to all beings; and for the precious opportunity to experience the endless changing dance of stillness, movement and action.
We invite you to Step into the Stream.
Ryūmon Hilda Baldoquín Sensei is a lineage holder and authorized teacher in the Sōtō Zen tradition of Shunryu Suzuki and co-founder, with her spouse Catherine Anraku Hondorp Sensei, of Two Streams Zen.
She first encountered Zen in April 1983 stepping through the doors of 300 Page Street to meet a new acquaintance from Germany, Julianne Beck, and discovered the San Francisco Zen Center. A few months later, in Munich, Germany, her friend would place in her hands a copy of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism.
In 1990 Sensei Zen monk Mitsuzen Louis Hartman opened for her the Path of Zen at Green Dragon Temple-Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. In 1991 she asked to become a formal student of Zenkei Blanche Hartman Roshi, Mitsuzen’s wife, with whom she trained at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and who ordained her as a priest in 2002. In 2005, Sensei trained under Central Abbess Eijun Linda Ruth Cutts as Shuso (Head Monk) at Green Dragon Temple. In 2008, Ryūmon Sensei received Shiho from Zenkei Roshi at Beginner’s Mind Temple.
Ryūmon Sensei was one of four founding core faculty of the Advanced Certificate Program on Contemplative Clinical Practice: Spirituality and Social Work at Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA. In this context she taught meditation practices to Social Work professionals by facilitating processes where clinicians assessed their own spiritual development and cultivated awareness of how clients’ spirituality impacts the clinical relationship, and teaching skills on how to integrate a spiritual lens into the clinical work. She was also invited to be in residence at the School where she led the Social Work students’ meditation group, offered public teachings, and meet with students for one-on-one spiritual guidance.
In the last three decades, Ryūmon Sensei has trained, mentored and coached thousands of young adult activists, political organizers and emerging leaders in the interconnection of meditation practices and spiritual activism; she was instrumental in the founding of People of Color and LGBTQ groups in western Buddhist centers in the United States; she consulted to white convert Buddhist communities that aspired to become culturally and racially inclusive; and taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to People of Color for the Behavioral Education Unit of Kaiser Permanente, in Oakland California. During the same time, she worked at the national and international levels as a change process consultant, trainer, facilitator, Spanish translator and bilingual/bicultural mediator in the fields of Multicultural Organizational Development, Change Management, Inclusion and Equity, Communications and Conflict Transformation.
Ryūmon Sensei is editor of, and contributor to, the award-winning anthology Dharma, Color and Culture: New Voices in Western Buddhism (Skipping Stones, 2005 Book Award) and contributor to the book Women Practicing Buddhism: American Experiences. She is published in the national journals Buddhadharma: The Practioner’s Quarterly, and Turning Wheel: The Journal of Socially Engaged Buddhism, and co-authored and served as advisor to national publications on Cultural Literacy, Conflict Resolution and Liberation strategies such as Cultural Considerations in Domestic Violence Cases: A National Judges Bench Book; Face to Face: Solving Conflicts Without Giving In; and Taking the First Step: A Guide for Cultural Programming.
Most recently, Ryūmon Sensei was awarded the 2016 Lenz Residential Fellowship at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Her project, Contemplative Somatic Wellness™: A Body-Mind Centered Movement for Spiritual Social Activism, arose out of the profound need to address the present manifestations of social suffering caused by historical racial oppression and the institutionalization of structural inequities through the healing of intergenerational trauma (Legacy Trauma), which continues to live in our physiology.
Ryūmon Sensei’s current work, Contemplative Somatic Wellness™, is Sensei’s integration of the essence of Zen, the theory of Emancipatory Consciousness (the work of Dr. Erica Sherover-Marcuse (1938-1988) Sensei’s earliest teacher and mentor), and neurobiological healing trauma modalities, thus, bringing a fresh view to individual, collective and Legacy (trans generational) trauma renegotiation. She serves all who come seeking an end to suffering, and in particular, young people, activists, and members of Indigenous, Transgender, Cultural minority and economically disenfranchised communities. A bio-spiritual approach, Contemplative Somatic Wellness™ also integrates the practice of Embodied Meditation™ (an attending practice based on Ryūmon Sensei’s own experience of Zen training under the guidance of Zenkei Blanche Hartman Roshi, the profound influence of the teachings of Pema Chödrön, and the Meditative Inquiry work of Toni Packer). Contemplative Somatic Wellness™ is an invitation to the resolution of individual, collective and historical trauma – the keystone to both personal liberation and planetary transformation.
Based at the home temple in Western Massachusetts, Ryūmon Sensei engages in her greatest joys: practicing and studying Dharma full-time, deepening daily her understanding of Buddha’s liberation teachings, writing poetry, working closely with formal students, learning to love and play with Arthur (12-year old, golden Cockapoo) and Jessey (14-year old, chocolate Standard Poodle), and applying her best efforts each day to the practice of Fearless Intimacy and Living Compassion with her beloved compañera and heart teacher, Anraku Sensei.