Rev. Kathryn Shukke Shin Hilbert Roshi, Current Abbot
Rev. Shukke performs official Buddhist wedding, commitment and funeral services around the area, and makes hospital visits to patients who request a Priest. She also works with Mesilla Valley Hospice to provide consultation to persons engaging in their final life journey. Feel free to contact via email at jiisha2abbot@gmail.
Rev. Dr. Harvey Daiho Hilbert Roshi, Founding Abbot
Daiho Roshi received Shukke Tokudo in the year 2000 and received Dharma Transmission in 2005. He began studying Zen in 1966 after being shot in the head in combat in Vietnam. He is the founding abbot of The Order of Clear Mind Zen headquartered in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Roshi is an accomplished painter, teacher, and psychotherapist.
Roshi dropped out of high school to join the Army in 1964. He was trained as an infantry soldier and was deployed to Germany for nearly two years before reenlisting and being deployed to Vietnam in 1966. After being critically wounded he was retired from the Army. He obtained a high school equivalency diploma and after some time working odd jobs and a stint at being homeless on his motorcycle, he went on to obtain a bachelor's degree with three majors: creative writing, drama, and English literature. He began work in social welfare, eventually becoming a child protective services supervisor. From there he obtained a master's degree and PhD in Social Work from Case Western University. He opened a private psychotherapy practice and focused on trauma related services. He did this work until becoming ordained in the Soto Zen tradition.
Ken Hogaku Shozen McGuire Roshi
Ken Hogaku Shozen McGuire Roshi was the founding abbot of Daibutsuji Zen Temple in Las Cruces (1969) and Cloudcroft (1998), New Mexico. Ken-roshi is Dharma Heir to Rev. Dr. Soyu Matsuoka Roshi, the first Zen Master from Japan to establish a Zen Temple in the United States. Ken-roshi studied with Matsuoka in Long Beach, California from 1963 until he moved to New Mexico in 1968. He traveled to Japan on two occasions with Matsuoka and was presented to the abbot of Sojiji. Ken-roshi took Shukke Tokudo in 1968 and received Inka Shomei in 1977 from Matsuoka.
Ken-roshi was honored with the Transmission of Light Ceremony in the Vietnamese Rinzai Zen tradition by the Most Venerable Thich An Giao. Ken-roshi was elevated to the rank of Great Master which is equivalent to Bishop. He was retired from his long career with Lockheed-Martin and NASA as an aerospace engineer. An accomplished carpenter, he built Zen furnishings for home and temple until his death in June of 2012.
Rev. Dr. Zengaku Soyu Matsuoka Roshi