About Us

About Us

Rev. Master Basil Singer

Seattle Dharma Refuge is led by Rev. Master Basil Singer. Rev. Master Basil has been a Soto Zen Buddhist monk for over twenty years. He was ordained by Rev. Master Jiyu Kennett in 1993, transmitted by Rev. Master Koshin Schomberg in1999, and named a Master in 2003. He trained at North Cascades Buddhist Priory for 21 years.

Formerly Burt or Burton Singer, Rev. Master Basil originally joined the Seattle group in the spring of 1986, after moving to Seattle from New York City. At that time the group was led by his teacher, Rev. Master Koshin Schomberg.

With an enormous amount of gratitude for the transmission and guidance given by Rev. Masters Jiyu and Koshin, Rev. Master Basil would like to bring forth what he has learned and experienced to Seattle. He would like to offer to others the Teaching he has received.

The essential Teaching is that which Shakyamuni Buddha found through his Enlightenment – there is an Unborn, Undying, Uncreated, Unformed that is our True Refuge. This Refuge is always there with Its love and wisdom at all moments and in all circumstances, and through our meditation and training we can allow It to help us.

Rev. Master Basil’s Schedule

Rev. Master Basil leads a group meeting on Saturday mornings. He offers meditation and teaching at the Federal Detention Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and is also on call at Bailey-Boushay House, a hospice and recovery facility.

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