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Taiso Hannya Byran Bartow, Roshi

Wisconsin   Zen River Sangha

Taiso has studied and practiced Buddhism, T'ai Chi, and other eastern arts since the 1970's. He has practiced Zen with Hollow Bones and several midwest groups. Taiso received Jukai in the Hollow Bones Rinzai Order with Jun Po Kelly, Roshi in 2005 and received Hollow Bones Priest Ordination on Mother’s Day, 2007. He currently serves as head priest of Zen River Sangha and Secretary of Friends of Zen.

He earned a BS Ed degree in Human Services and a Master of Public Administration degree.  Since recovering from addiction in the 1970's, Taiso actualizes the mission of easing suffering and service through support of this journey. His recent professional experience involves leadership of treatment programs at the nexus of the mental health and criminal justice fields. He has also taught courses in social science, technology, and research methods. Among varied interests, he is a father, sailor, scholar, and patron of the arts.

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