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Guiding Teacher

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

Since 2005, Koho Vince 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. Koho was ordained a Dharma Teacher by P’arang Geri Larkin in 2003, and is also a psychotherapist in private practice ( 


To email the Guiding Teacher, visit the Contact Us page.



The Abbot assists the Guiding Teacher in caring for the sangha.  

After many years of meditation practice, Anzen Melanie Davenport entered the seminary in 2005 was ordained in 2009. As a temple elder, she has served Still Point wearing many hats including temple cook, board member and de facto resident Dharma teacher. She was formally installed as Abbot in 2014.


With an extensive background as an artist, writer and working in the health care industry for 15+ years,  Anzen holds a Masters in Clinical Social Work, and spends her daylight hours working as a psychotherapist (


The Founding Teacher

Still 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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