Guiding Teacher

The Guiding Teacher is responsible for guiding the sangha‘s spiritual practice. A skillful one helps us find our path with compassionate Kohowisdom.

Since 2005, Koho Vince Cousino Anila has served as Still Point’s Guiding Teacher and Executive Director. A native of Detroit, Koho practiced for a number of years at the Zen Buddhist Temple in Ann Arbor with Ven. Haju Sunim and P’arang Geri Larkin, before helping found Still Point as its first Board President and one of its first seminary students. A husband and father, and avid cyclist and runner, Koho is also a writer with a B.A. in English from Wayne State University. Busy these days as well pursuing a graduate degree in counseling, Koho was ordained a Dharma Teacher by P’arang Geri Larkin in 2003, and follows the trails of ancient monks and nuns around South Korea as often as possible. To email the Guiding Teacher, visit the Contact Us page.


The Abbot assists the Guiding Teacher in caring for the sanghaanzen 2

Since June 2014, Still Point’s Abbot has been Anzen Melanie Davenport. After practicing meditation for many years, Anzen became one of Still Point’s earliest members back in 2000. Since entering the seminary in 2005, she has served as a board member and occasional temple cook. Anzen was ordained a Dharma Teacher in May 2009, and has served as the de facto Resident Dharma Teacher ever since. A painter and sculptor, Anzen is also completing a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Photography at Wayne State University.

The Founding Teacher

P'arang Geri LarkinStill Point Zen Buddhist Temple’s Founding Teacher was P’arang Geri Larkin, who was ordained on July 2, 1995, following her training in the Maitreya Buddhist Seminary. P’arang’s teacher was Ven. Samu Sunim, a Korean Zen master who started several temples in North America, including the Zen Buddhist Temple in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where P’arang was a Dharma teacher. P’arang is the author of several Dharma books, including:

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