Edward Cadman brings to Seattle Soto Zen an earnest history of spiritual inquiry and practice. His original zen teacher was Genki Takabayashi, who was the founding abbot of Choboji, the Seattle-based Rinzai zen group. Rev. Takabayashi led Ed's Jukai ceremony in 1995. Rev. Takabayashi, a skilled calligrapher, writer, and potter, impressed upon Ed the nature of zen expression in the arts. Ed's practice of photography has become an integral part of his zen practice, a legacy passed down from his teacher.
In 2006, Ed became a member of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center in Santa Rosa, CA. Here, he began his immersion into Soto Zen Practice under the guidance of Jakusho Kwong-roshi. He was chosen to be the Shuso of the Winter Ango/Practice Period in 2019, and in February, 2020, Ed was ordained into the Soto Zen priesthood by Kwong-roshi. His ordination name is Genzen.
Ed joined Seattle Soto Zen in the first years of the leadership of Eko Jeff Kelley. Jeff led Ed in key trainings in Buddhist history and the foundations of Soto Zen. Invited to serve SSZ as a senior practitioner, Ed has assisted the sangha by offering dharma talks, instructing new members, leading training in service positions, serving as Ino, serving on the Practice Council, and by documenting with his photography key events in the on-going history of Seattle Soto Zen.