Taigen Henderson, Roshi
Roshi Taigen Henderson was born in Toronto in 1949 and grew up in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Toronto. Upon his return to Canada he attended Trinity College School in Toronto and later founded his own construction and renovation company.
Roshi’s childhood encounter with Buddhism in Sri Lanka left a deep impression on him. In 1970, he attended a workshop on Zen at the Rochester Zen Center with Roshi Philip Kapleau. Shortly thereafter he began to practice at the Toronto Zen Centre, which was then an affiliate of the Rochester Zen Center.
The Toronto Zen Centre became independent in 1986 and in 1996 came under the direction of Roshi Sunyana Graef, the abbot of the Vermont Zen Center and a Dharma Heir of Roshi Kapleau.
Roshi Henderson became a student of Roshi Sunyana Graef and later her disciple. He was ordained by her as a priest in 2004 and sanctioned as Roshi Graef’s first Dharma Heir in June of 2005. At that time he was installed as the abbot of the Toronto Zen Centre, where he continues to teach full time.
Roshi Henderson lives in Toronto with his wife Bonnie Goodman. He has three grown children.