About Me

My name is Andre Doshim Halaw. I am a Bodhisattva monk and authorized teacher in the Five Mountain Zen Order, an independent school in the lineage of Zen Master Seung Sahn. I am also the guiding teacher of the Original Mind Zen Sangha, which meets in Princeton, NJ. I practiced in the Japanese Soto and Sanbo-Kyodan lineages for several years before finding my home in the FMZO. In November 2012, I received inka (independent teaching authorization) from my teacher Zen Master Wonji Dharma (Paul Lynch).

I'm married, have two young children, and teach high school English in central New Jersey. I'm also an aspiring author. 

I have written four books about contemplative practice, all available on Amazon: Neti-Neti Meditation, Brand-Name Zen, The Heart Sutra: A Meditation Manual, and God is Nothingness.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have: originalmindzen@gmail.com.

Thanks for visiting.