The Ecumenical & Multifaith Unit (EMU) of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster and St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Vancouver present “5 Ways of Engaging the Heart: Experiences in Inter-Spiritual Practices”, to be held in the Labyrinth Hall at St. Paul’s Anglican Church.

This fourth night in the “5 Hearts” series of five nights of inter-spiritual practices will be held on the 21st February 2017 from 7pm to 9pm. The theme of this fourth evening of the series is: Zen Spiritual Practices, with Shinmon Michael Newton.

Shinmon Michael Newtonbegan Zen practice in 1983 as a graduate student at university in Japan, under a Rinzai priest at an ancient temple on Mount Tsukuba.  After moving to Kyoto he started practicing in the Soto tradition of Zen for several years. Since returning to Vancouver in 1987 he started practiced with Zoketsu Norman Fischer, an American priest from the San Francisco Zen Center. Michael ordained as a Zen priest 2003 and received dharma transmission or full permission to teach in 2011.  His partner Myoshin Kate McCandless is also a priest and together they are the resident teachers at the Mountain Rain Zen Community ( in Vancouver (located at:  2016 Wall Street). They are both are committed to supporting Mountain Rain as a lay practice community in connection with the wider community, the arts, and the natural world

 Michael also teach Asian studies and religious studies at Simon Fraser University.