About Me


My name is Andre Doshim Halaw. I am a Bodhisattva monk in the Five Mountain Zen Order. 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 five books about contemplative practice, all available on Amazon: Neti-Neti Meditation, Brand-Name Zen, The Heart Sutra: A Meditation Manual, God is Nothingness, and No-Mind


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

Thanks for visiting.