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Inner Work & Activism with Norma (Ryuko) Wong Roshi


The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation presents - in cooperation with the Office of the Dean & Vice-Principal Academic, and the Centre for Critical Development Studies - a lecture and workshop lead by Ryuko (Norma) Wong Roshi. Norma’s talk will explore her experiences in social activism in such causes as ending gender-based violence, demilitarizing indigenous territory, electoral politics, and self-determination for indigenous Hawaiians. Her talk and workshop will be built around the famous words of Mahatma Gandhi, Buddha and Thomas Merton.
Ms. Wong's career has spanned service as a State legislator, a partner in a policy research and planning firm, eight years in the Hawaii Office of the Governor, and three years as a corporate and government relations’ director in the Hawaii office of a Washington D.C. based law firm. Ms. Wong is a 1974 graduate of The Kamehameha Schools and attended the University of Hawaii and Wellesley College. In 2000, she was ordained a Zen priest after having been a student of the late Tenshin Tanouye Rotaishi of the Daihonzan Chozen-ji for twenty years. She received her inka shomei (Mind Stamp) in 2005, as an 86th generation Zen Master. Ms. Wong is responsible for the IZS-Applied Zen programs—workshops and training for people interested in the application of Zen principles, and spiritual training, in their work and life.

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