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Palmers, Vanja

Vanja PalmersVanja Palmers is a Soto Zen priest now based in Europe. He is an animal rights activist of many years and a Dharma heir of the late Kobun Chino Otogowa. During the 1970s and early 1980s, Palmers spent 10 years as a monk at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. In 1981 he and two fellow monastics at Tassajara founded Buddhists Concerned for Animals (BCA); this organization now operates out of the home of Bradley Miller and Bonnie del Raye, his co-founders. Palmers returned to Europe in 1983 and went on to found Alle Wesen, Buddhismus und Tierschutz (‘All Sentient Beings, Buddhism and Animal Protection’). In 1989 he co-founded Ökumenisches Haus der Stille (House of Silence) at Puregg in the Austrian province of Salzburg along with the Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast. The House of Silence is a place of interreligious dialogue, particularly between Christians and Buddhists. In 1998 he founded Stiftung Felsentor in Switzerland, a meditation center with a special focus on animal rights that also runs a vegetarian restaurant during the summer months.

Palmers has given Dharma transmission to Angie Enjo Boissevan, Jean Kojun Leyshon, Michael Shoho Newhall, Ian Hakuryu Forsberg, Stan Bu-tan White and Carolyn Atkinson.

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