Victor Sogen Hori


Associate professor in Japanese Religions at McGill University and ordained monk.

Victor Sōgen Hori received his PhD in Western philosophy in 1976 from Stanford University. The same year, he was ordained and thereafter spent thirteen years as a monk in the Rinzai Zen monastery system. He returned to North America in 1990 and in 1993 joined the Faculty of Religious Studies of McGill University, where he is presently associate professor in Japanese Religions. Research interests include Zen Buddhism, Buddhism in the West, Kyoto School of Philosophy, and Japanese Religion. Publications include Flowers on the Rock (2014) and Wild Geese: Buddhism in Canada, co-edited with John S. Harding and Alexander Soucy (McGill-Queen’s University Press 2010); Zen Sand: The Book of Capping Phrases for Zen Kōan Practice (University of Hawai’i Press 2003);The Wheel and the Web: Collected Papers of the Teaching Buddhism Conference, co-edited with Richard P. Hayes and Mark Shields (Curzon Press 2002); The Ten Oxherding Pictures: Lectures by Yamada Mumon Roshi (University of Hawai’i Press 2004).