Steve Kanji Ruhl
STEVE KANJI RUHL is an innovative Buddhist minister whose ministry focuses primarily on adapting Zen techniques to pastoral care and counseling, which he offers privately in homes of people who are urgently in need and often neglected, including those who are ill, impoverished, or dying. He also is a member of the Interfaith Alliance of Franklin County, serving on the Sacred Earth Committee, which promotes environmental awareness and action, and the Holocaust Remembrance Committee. Additionally, he serves at the Stone Soup Cafe, providing nourishing food to low-income and homeless people. He is a contributor to the book The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work (Wisdom Publications), which well-known Buddhist author and activist Noah Levine has called "destined to become the core text of Buddhist chaplaincy." Kanji also is a Dharma Holder and Preceptor at Green River Zen Center, serves as a steward in the zendo's governing council, and is president of its board of directors. He is a member of the Lay Zen Teachers Association, a national organization. Kanji received a B.A. in Religious Studies, with high honors and Phi Beta Kappa, from Pennsylvania State University, where he did honors work in Buddhism, early Christianity, Hinduism, early Jewish studies, and Islam. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University, where he received a Hopkins Share Award for "exceptional promise in ministry," co-chaired the Harvard Buddhist Community, and worked closely in small seminars with some of the most renowned Biblical and Buddhist scholars in the world. Kanji also is a published, award-winning writer.