About

Eric Daishin McCabe is a Buddhist priest in the Soto Zen tradition.  He teaches Soto Zen philosophy, mindfulness meditation, yoga, and calligraphy to people of all walks of life and spiritual paths.  He was ordained in 2004 by Dai-En Bennage Roshi and given permission to train others in 2009. He has International Teacher status (Kokusai Fukyoshi) by the Soto Zen School in Japan.

Daishin did a traditional 15 year apprenticeship with  Abbess Dai-En Bennage of Mount Equity Zendo, located in rural central Pennsylvania.  During this time he trained at various Soto Zen Monasteries in Japan.  In France he trained with Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, practiced in California at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, and with Rev. Nonin Chowaney at the Nebraska Zen Center.  He is also a certified hatha Yoga teacher through Integral Yoga, and a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga teacher.

Daishin has four years experience attending the spiritual and emotional needs of patients, family, and staff in a hospital setting, and three years experience giving spiritual direction and counsel to clients with mental health and substance abuse issues.  He has ten years experience as a Guest Teacher and speaker at Buddhist meditation retreats, yoga centers, colleges, and multi-faith gatherings.

Daishin studied at Bucknell University where he received a BA in Religion and Biology in 1995.  He completed 5 units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Wellspan York Hospital in August of 2014, where he worked as a Chaplain in Behavioral Health, and in 2015 was granted equivalency in a Master of Divinity by the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Incorporated.  Prior to chaplaincy he taught meditation and yoga for two years to clients at White Deer Run, a drug and alcohol rehab in central PA.

Daishin resides with his wife, Sara Jisho Siebert, and son, Malcolm, in Ames, Iowa.

Daishin with his son Malcolm on a recent visit to Haiti

At Present Daishin:

Offers Dharma Talks at Zen Centers

Teaches Group Classes on Yoga and Mindfulness

Teaches Japanese Calligraphy with Zen Meditation

Teaches Trauma Sensitive Yoga at Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines, and at Central Iowa Psychological Services in Ames.

Teaches Yoga at Balance Yoga Lounge in Ankeny, and through the City of Ames

Offers private instruction on Zen, Mindfulness, and YogaInterview on Spirituality from KHOI Radio, local radio in Ames, Iowa (fast forward about 30 minutes into the interview to find me).

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