Retreat Teachers

At ZMM and ZCNYC

Joy Brennan

Joy Brennan is a Soto Zen Priest leading the Mount Vernon Zen Sangha, and a college professor who studies and writes about Yogacara Buddhist philosophy, teaching in the Religious Studies department at Kenyon College. Her work focuses on Buddhist understandings of how people unconsciously construct identities and worlds of experience, producing personal and interpersonal suffering in the process. She also thinks and writes about related topics including Buddhist liberation practices, the convergence of secularism and Buddhist ideas and practices, and the intersection of Buddhist analyses of interpersonal suffering with contemporary accounts drawn from race and gender studies.