The Venerable David Xi-Ken Astor 曦肯 , Prior. Xi-Ken Shi took full ordination vows and was conferred a Cleric in the Order of Pragmatic Buddhists (OPB), in May 2010, at the Place of Peace Temple at Furman University, in Greenville, SC by the Ven. Dr. Shi Yong Xiang his root teacher. David Sensei performed the duties of Prior for his Order, deshi, assistant otomo, and led the Center for Pragmatic Buddhism Annapolis Meditation Center. OPB’s lineage is both Ch’an (Chinese) and Soto Zen but also uniquely American through it’s pragmatic perspective. He is a forth generation American Dharma Holder of his lineage, with a committed tokudo practice. Prior to his affiliation with CPB/OPB he studied as a formal student with a Soto Zen master in New York. He has had a Buddhist practice for over two decades, and as a Zen priest is engaged full time in his community outside the walls of a traditional monastery. But like many Americans, David Sensei was raised in the Christian tradition which led him to first follow the spiritual path as a Franciscan monk in a monastery (house of formation) near Chicago. He received a BS degree in mathematics and computer science from University of Illinois, and pursued graduate studies in psychology, sociology, and law at DePaul University. He holds a Level-I Certification as a Mindfulness Meditation Therapist. In addition to his community work, his time is spent in research, international teaching and writing, as well as being engaged in a prison mentoring program. His inter-faith interests were pursued by his leading a meditation group as a Pastoral Associate at an Episcopal Church near Annapolis where meditation and inter-faith studies and dialogue were engaged weekly prior to his relocating the Maryland center to Sebring Florida. David Sensei is a member of the Inter-faith Conference of Washington D.C.
If you would like information on attending his meditation & insight classes, his email is firstname.lastname@example.org