Soshin McMurchy

Soshin McMurchy
Zen Buddhist Co-Chaplain
Multifaith Services

A bit about me

Reverend Soshin McMurchy, MSc. was born in Edmonton, Alberta into an Air Force family, and grew up in Alberta, Ottawa, France, and Toronto.

In 1981, she married Rev. Doshu, and together they are the parents of two adult children. Their family homesteaded near Sointula, BC from 1987-2002, when they relocated to Victoria, BC.

Soshin first practised Zen as a member of the Toronto Zen Centre in 1986. Soshin began practising with the Victoria Zen Centre in April 2007. She received the precepts (Jukai)and became an Elder of the Victoria Zen Centre in January 2009. In 2011 she became a novice priest. Rev. Soshin currently serves as the Buddhist Chaplain for the University of Victoria's Multifaith Services, is a member of the Zenwest Buddhist Society Board of Directors.

Buddhist Volunteer Opportunities

Do you have a skill that could be used to help the Buddhist Community of Victoria?

Do you have a few hours each week that you would like to contribute to the development of Buddhist practice right here on Vancouver Island?

Soshin McMurchy, UVic's Buddhist Chaplain, is currently gathering a group of volunteers, like you, that are willing to serve as a powerful resource for the many diverse traditions of practice in our community. Whether you have specific skills to offer like book keeping, woodworking, gardening, or a knack with computers, if you can help distribute posters for events, or help with the set up for a programme, Soshin would very much like to hear from you! This is a non-sectarian effort that serves to benefit all Buddhist Centres in Victoria, and in doing so may it benefit all sentient beings. If you are interested in taking part, please email Soshin McMurchy at 

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