Lions Gate Buddhist Priory is a branch of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives (OBC). Our practice is Serene Reflection Meditation (Sōtō Zen) and emphasizes basic Buddhist meditation and the keeping of the Precepts within the training of everyday life.
Rev. Kōten Benson, the Prior
since 1986, is a Dharma Heir of Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett, founder of the OBC,
who died in 1996. He was ordained in 1978 by Rev. Master Jiyu, and recognized
by her as a Buddhist Master in 1983.
The Priory has three monks in residence and is located at Dragon Flower Mountain, one hundred and sixty acres of land in the Botanie Valley, near the village of Lytton in the B.C. interior. The land is off-grid and conditions are primitive as we strive to plant a mandala of Buddhist training in the mountains. There are regular retreats; visitors and guests are always welcome. Lay members and friends of the Priory meet regularly in Vancouver and Lytton, B.C. and there is a meditation group in Edmonton, Alberta.
The Priory is a registered charitable society supported entirely by donations from members and friends.
Mandala of the Buddha Mothers audio by Rev. Master Kōten Benson
Serene Reflection Meditation booklet: Shasta Abbey Press
Lions Gate Buddhist Priory