Meido Dharma NameMeido Barbara Anderson is the resident teacher at O-An Zendo. She began practicing meditation in 1967 soon after receiving her doctorate in philosophy from Penn State University.

In nearly forty years as a university professor, she taught courses in the philosophy of religion; English; Personal, Interpersonal and Ecological Peace and Peace-building; served as the Director of the Peace Studies Program at Penn State, and founded/directed the Penn State Center for Sustainability. Among her publications are articles on the philosophy of religion, a fictional biography of Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, and a primer on sustainable living.

Meido began her formal study and practice of Zen with the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, receiving the Five Precepts from him in 1994. Thereafter, she studied and practiced in the Soto and Rinzai styles with Dai-en Bennage NiOsho, abbess of Mt. Equity Zen Center; Genro Lee Milton Sensei, abbot of Endless Mountain Zendo, and Jiro Andy Afable Osho of Early Light Zendo.

In yearly travels to California to visit her daughter Amy, she has practiced at San Francisco Zen Center and been a resident caretaker and practitioner at Jikoji Zen Center in Los Gatos. In the fall of 2010, at O-An Zendo, she received the Ten Grave Buddhist Precepts from her guiding teacher Shoho Michael Newhall, abbot of Jikoji and Dharma heir of Kobun Chino Roshi. She was ordained as a Zen priest in the Soto lineage of Kobun Chino Roshi in April 2011.

Meido is available by appointment to provide Beginner’s Instruction in Zen practice and private Dharma meetings at O-An. Please contact us via email for more information.

O-An Zendo, 1 Endless Circle, Julian Woods Lane, Julian, PA 16844