My name is Rev Jitei White, a Buddhist Priest in the lineage of Soto Zen. I have been a practicing Buddhist for 36 years and a teacher of  meditation for over 20 years.

    I wear the robe of ordination in the Buddhist Way to be of service, for the sake of all beings, to be a witness to the suffering of the world and to care.

    My life vow is to help others find peace.

    My life vow is to be the body of a Peace Pilgrim, walking this Great Earth, witnessing and talking with the heart of compassion, wherever I go.

    My Pilgrimage is my vow.

    I am the 83rd generation to have worn these robes, the Robe of the Buddha. Eighty Two Great Priests, spanning 2500 years have lived these teachings. From India to China, from China to Japan, from Japan to America and now to England, this lineage has seen some of the greats of Buddhism. From Nagyaharajunya [2ndC], to Bodhidharma [6thC], to Hui Neng [8thC], to Eihei Dogen [13thC], to Keizan Jokin [14thC], to Koun Taizan [Maezumi Roshi 20thC].

    My ordination name, Jitei, means Compassionate Gardener, I interpret it as Cultivating Compassion, in others and in myself.

    Of cultivating open-ness and humility.

    Of sharing my life as a humble monk in the service of the world.