Oryoki Zendo is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), Zen Buddhist organization offering individual and group direction through Mindfulness Meditation, Retreats, Counseling, and Educational Workshops. We strive to enrich all people’s lives, regardless of race, gender, faith, or social status, and remain dedicated to promoting the many ways we can understand and practice Mindfulness techniques to live happier, healthier lives.
Our sensory experience, our conditioning lays the foundation for our ability to discern, differentiate, and define. We digest what we learn, take those preconceived ideas into the world and believe whole-heartedly we are independent, intellectual islands of knowledge. But we are not separate. We are interdependent. It is only when we realize ourselves in the mirror as the face of the entire world with all of its incredible, beautiful diversity and terrible flaws that we can see the infinite mystery of the universe reflected in our being.
We are not alone and no thought is truly unique, nor does any thought define our human worth. By embracing our worth as inherent, and by choosing to think and act with empathy and compassion, we take responsibility for our lives and our actions. In this way we can be of benefit to others.
Live fully, with gratitude for what is right in front of you, for what is visible and even invisible. Feel the wind on your face and understand it as an illumination of your being on the path ahead. Even though we cannot reach out and touch the stars, they touch us and we are changed.
May Oryoki Zendo be a place of refuge and peace for all. ─Andrea Minick Rudolph
Support for Oryoki Zendo is underwritten, in part, through a generous donation from the Shearer Family Fund of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities on behalf of R. Scott Shearer, and the Auchincloss Family Fund of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities on behalf of Susan and Sloan Auchincloss.
Shuso Richard (Rick) S. Wigton, B.A.
Certified Forest Therapy Guide
in Shinrin Yoku
Rick is ordained as an Assistant Priest (Shuso) with Oryoki Zendo. He leads Mindfulness Meditation there, and assists with retreats.
He is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide in Shinrin Yoku. He joined the Marines after he graduated High school in 1977, and was stationed at the Marine Corp Air Station in Beaufort South Carolina as a military police officer. After being honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal he attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and graduated with honors, with a BA degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. He worked for the PA Board of Probation and Parole and worked as a parole agent in Pittsburgh for a year and a half.
Rick has worked for the PA Dept. of Corrections, the State regional prison in Mercer as a counselor, and the State Prison in Camp Hill. While at Camp Hill he was on the Hostage Negotiation team, the Critical Incident Stress Management Team and was trained as an EMT. He also has training in Compassionate Listening through the Compassionate Listening Project. He completed the Nonviolent Communication Course taught by Marshal Rosenberg, and is trained in Wilderness First Aid through the National Outdoor Leadership School.
He retired from the Dept. of Corrections after 25 yrs. of service and currently works as a shuttle driver for Cumberland County Dept. of Transportation. He transports the elderly and the mentally and physically handicapped to places of employment, doctor's appointments, and shopping malls, among other destinations.
Osho Andrea Minick Rudolph,
B.P.S. Human Services
M.A. Buddhist Ministry
Andrea Minick Rudolph is an ordained Zen Buddhist Priest (Osho) and a Cognitive Behavioral based Mindfulness Counselor.
She is a Professional Member of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association and holds a certification in Life Coaching from the Life Coaching Institute in London, England.
Andrea earned her Bachelor of Professional Studies in Human Services from Elizabethtown College, and her M.A. in Buddhist Studies and Ministry from the Blue Mountain Lotus Seminary.
As a Trainer for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Public Health Institute, from 1996 to 2009, Andrea taught a wide array of workshops in Health, Wellness, and Stress Management for doctors, nurses, clinicians, social workers, and counselors.
She was Founder and Director of AMR Wellness Associates in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, from 1996 to 2011, offering a variety of wellness services.
For 28 years, Andrea was a Certified Massage Therapist specializing in Deep Tissue Therapy. She was a professional dancer, dance teacher, and choreographer for 33 years, and has an extensive educational background in physiology, anatomy, and kinesiology.
She is a Certified Stott Pilates Mat Instructor, and holds a black belt in Sui Nagari Do Karate.
Andrea is available as a Celebrant for weddings, blessings, and life transition ceremonies.
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