Barbara Shoshin Craig, rsm, Sensei
Barbara Craig, a
sister of Mercy, began her study of zen in the early 90’s under the direction of Roshi Janet Jinne Richardson, csjp.
Janet, along with Sensei Rosalie Jishin McQuaide, csjp., founded the Zen Community
of Baltimore/Clare Sangha, and it was with this group that Barbara worked very closely. In 1997, as an apprenticing teacher,
Barbara and Stephanie Olek, a Sister of Mercy, started a zen group in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Soon after, the group became known
as the Flowing River Sangha. In June of 2002, Barbara was installed as a zen teacher (Sensei) with the Dharma name of Shoshin.
She is Dharma Successor of Roshi Janet Jinne Richardson in the lineage of the White Plum Asanga.
Barbara’s life as a Sister
of Mercy for over fifty years has included teaching Spanish, prison ministry, ministry among migrant farm workers, and involvement
in various social outreach programs. Presently, along with the zen work, she continues as a peace and justice advocate in
the local area and with the sisters of Mercy.
The Flowing River Sangha is a member of the Zen Peacemaker Order (ZPO)
based at the Maezumi Institute in Montague, MA. This is an open and free association of Zen groups, either in the lineage
of Bernard Glassman, Roshi , or practicing zen and socially engaged spirituality. The purpose of the cooperative efforts of
the affiliating groups is to maintain zen practice, realization and actualization, and to nurture, promote and creatively
transform zen traditions. The mission, vision and unifying principles of Zen Peacemakers can be read at www.zenpeacemakers.org or by contacting the ZPS Coordinator, Sally Sonen Kealy at firstname.lastname@example.org .