Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji was founded by Zen Master Genki Takabayashi, in 1983. Genjo Marinello Oshō succeeded Genki Roshi as the second abbot of Chobo-ji, and continues his own training under the tutelage of Eido Shimano Roshi, abbot of Dai Bosatsu Monastery and a Dharma Heir of Soen Nakagawa.
Genki Takabayashi is one of only a handful of resident Zen Masters from Japan who have helped establish Zen in the West. Genki Roshi was invited by the Seattle Zen Center (founded by Dr. Glenn Webb, at the time a University of Washington Art History professor) to become the resident teacher in the fall of 1978. He accepted, and by 1983 formalized his teaching style around a small group of students, founding Cho Bo Zen Ji. Before Genki Roshi came to Seattle, he trained for nearly twenty years at Daitoku-ji, one of two parent Rinzai school temples in Japan. In addition Genki Roshi directed a Rinzai temple in Kamakura, Japan. He entered the monastery when he was eleven years old. In 1997, after twenty years of being the resident teacher, Genki Roshi retired and moved to Montana.
Genjo Marinello Oshō began his Zen training in 1975 and was ordained an unsui in 1980. In 1981-1982 he trained at Ryutaku-ji in Japan. Genjo Oshō was installed as Abbot on Rinzai Gigen Zenji's (d.866) memorial day, January 10, 1999. On May 21st, 2008, Genjo Oshō received dharma transmission from Eido Shimano Roshi, in a ceremony also involving Genki Roshi, other honored teachers, family, and sangha.
In addition to being a Zen priest Genjo Oshō is a psychotherapist (LMHC), a certificated spiritual director (interfaith member of Spiritual Directors International), and as a member of the American Zen Teachers Association fulfills their membership criteria.
Genjo Oshō has served as an Adjunct Faculty member of Antioch University Seattle in Buddhist Studies, a signer of the Religious Coalition for Equality’s statement in Support on Antidiscrimination, a volunteer Buddhist pastor for the Washington State Department of Corrections, a Spiritual Director associated with Anamchara – A Progam of Multifaith Works, meditation instructor for Birankai International (Aikido association) and has worked repeatedly with the Seattle Church Council as part of an interfaith trauma response team (for example see Seattle PI, 3/29/06).
Genjo Oshō’s Dharma Talks have been published in several Dharma journals, including the Theosophical Society’s Quest Magazine, Sansho Journal and the journal of the Zen Studies Society. Genjo Oshō’s commentary on Zen Koan Practice has been translated into several languages and is a highly ranked WWW article on the subject.
Genjo Oshō is assisted by Genko Kathy Blackman Ni-Oshō, who is also a teacher in the Urasenke School of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, and a member of the Religious Services Advisory Committee of the Washington State Department of Corrections.