Angela Oh

Angela Oh portraitAngela Oh has been been practicing zazen since 1999. Oh’s work in human relations and holding space for peace began in 1992, during the implosion of Los Angeles after the police beating of Rodney King and the probationary sentence pronounced in the Soon Ja Du case, months earlier. The profound experiences overcoming a divisive mind about human diversity (including, race, gender, religious, and inter-generational differences) have been a part of the work Oh has done in law, higher education, politics, community-based advocacy, and exploration of healing practices.

Death and suffering led Oh to meditation after years of walking with people who had either taken another person’s life while in a state of mental disconnect, with parents who could not save their children from real or virtual death in incarceration, with people whose ambitions for success in business and politics took them deep into despair and humiliation, and in her own experience with failure and disappointment when facing power in the form of affluence, influence, and ego.

Clarity and healing began after she studied with Tenshin Tanouye Rotaishi, the founding teacher and Archbishop of Daihonzan Chozen-ji/International Zen Dojo, a Zen monastery in Hawai’i (www.chozen-ji.org).