First Zen Teacher to move to Indianapolis

by on Sep 8, 2012

Lincoln Rhodes, JDPSN, a Buddhist teacher with the Kwan Um School of Zen, has moved into the Indianapolis Zen Center and is now resident teacher at the center. His title, JDPSN, is Ji Do Poep Sanim or Guide to the Way.

Rhodes was one of the earliest American students of Zen Master Seung Sahn and received certification to teach in 1981. He helped found the Kwan Um School of Zen, the largest Zen school in the United States. Rhodes was the abbot of Providence Zen Center, the Head Temple of the international school, for many years.


Rhodes holds a PhD in biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has owned his own construction firm for twenty years in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a master wood crafter. Rhodes has been the guiding teacher of Indianapolis Zen Center since 2004. He is also the guiding teacher of two Zen Centers in Kansas.  Rhodes is invited every year by Jakusho Kwong, Roshi (successor to Shunryu Suzuki, Roshi) to lead a retreat at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center.


The Indianapolis Zen Center, at 3703 Washington Blvd., is affiliated with the Kwan Um School of Zen and offers regular meditation sessions, retreats, dharma talks and a residential program. The group has promoted the practice of Zen in Central Indiana for over 20 years.