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Harvey Daiho Hilbert
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Dr. Harvey Daiho Hilbert Roshi
TitlePriest
Personal
ReligionZen Buddhism
NationalityUnited States
SpouseRev. Kathryn Shukke Hilbert
SchoolSōtō
EducationCase Western Reserve University
Senior posting
TeacherKen Hogaku Shozen McGuire roshi

Harvey Daiho Hilbert Roshi (born 1947) is a psychotherapist and an expert on post-Vietnam stress syndrome.[1] He is an ordained Soto Zen priest and the founding abbot of the Order of Clear Mind Zen and a leader of the Zen community in southern New Mexico. He was featured in a documentary on Vietnam Veterans that aired on both National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and PBS station KRWG-TV.[2][3] During combat in the Vietnam War Hilbert was shot in the head, leaving him paralyzed on the left side of his body. Despite his injuries, Hilbert went on to to college.

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Hilbert was born in New Jersey in 1947 and grew up in Florida. A high school drop out, he enlisted in the Army in 1964[2] at age 17.[3] In 1966 he was assigned to Company A, 35th Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade Task Force in Vietnam. On May 29, 1966 his Company was taken by helicopter to an ongoing battle at LZ 10 Alpha near Pleiku Province, Vietnam as part of Operation Paul Revere.[3] During the fighting Hilbert was shot in the head, resulting in an 8-square inch hole in his skull.[2] He also was hit in the back with shrapnel. Due to combat, he could not be airlifted out until the following morning.[3]

Hilbert was taken to a field hospital where bullet fragments were removed from his brain.[4] The wounds left him paralyzed on his left side.[4] After rehabilitation, he recovered the use of most of his leg and some functioning of his arm.[4]

He obtained his bachelor’s degree (multidisciplinary) from Coker College, and then attended Case Western Reserve University to study social work, obtaining both his master's and PhD. Hilbert is also an artist[5]. After his release from the Army, Hilbert dedicated himself to working with those suffering from trauma./PTSD[6]

Military awards[edit | edit source]

On September 27, 1966, Hilbert's unit received the Presidential Unit Citation (United States).[7]

Also for his service, Hilbert was awarded a Purple Heart and the National Defense Service Medal.[2]

Trauma victim work[edit | edit source]

After college, Hilbert began a private practice focused on helping trauma survivors,[8] which continued for nearly three decades. A key component of his treatment was the use of contemplative practices with his clients.[8] In addition to his private practice he also served as a consultant to other PTSD treatment facilities.

Eventually his business grew into the Proact Corporation, a canopy organization, which consisted of Rainbeau Research and Counseling Centers, Professional Guidance Institute, Employee Assistance Program, and Stress Intervention Centers. The companies served patients from seven offices in two states.

Hilbert twice testified before the U.S. Congress as an expert witness on those suffering from PTSD.[1]

Zen[edit | edit source]

At 19, he began meditating and studying Zen.[8] and eventually became a student of Ken Hogaku Shozen McGuire roshi at the Dharma Mountain Zendo in Cloudcroft, New Mexico.[9] In 2000, he was ordained a Soto Zen priest and was installed as abbot of Daibutsuji Zen Temple in Las Cruces.[9]. In 2005, he was given Dharma Transmission.[9][6][10]

In 2005, he retired from clinical practice to establish the Order of Clear Mind Zen, based at Clear Mind Zen Temple in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with affiliates in northern California, Virginia, and West Texas. Hilbert has a history of street practice,[11][6] [12] bearing witness for peace,[6] and continues his community service with vulnerable populations.[13][14]

Books and studies[edit | edit source]

Hilbert contributed to several books and studies, including Social Work Today, Volume 16.[15]. He co-authored Homelessness in Ohio: A Study of People in Need, Franklin County Report, which was published by the Ohio Department of Mental Health.[16] He wrote the book Zen in your Pocket about Zen helping with traumatic stress and disability.[17] Roshi Hilbert also wrote Living Zen: The Diary of an American Zen Priest, which details a year in the life of a Zen priest, and what he learned about life from the day to day events. [18]

Other writings include:

  • Goldstein, Howard; Harvey C. Hilbert (1984). Creative Change: A Cognitive-Humanistic Approach to Social Work Practice. New York, NY: Tavistock Publications. ISBN 0422786500.
  • Hilbert, Harvey (1982). Child Abuse Teacher Inservice Training : A Cooperative Venture. Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse.CS1 maint: Date and year (link)
  • Hilbert, Harvey; Hilbert, H.C. (1984). "Battered women leaving shelter: Which way do they go? A discriminant function analysis". Journal of Applied Social Sciences. 8: 291–297.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Hilbert lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico with his wife the Rev. Kathryn Shukke Hilbert.[8]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hall, Richard (February 21, 1988). "Return To Vietnam". Chicago Tribune.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Morning Edition "Vet Recalls The 'Legacy Of War That Lasts Forever'", NPR "Morning Edition," November 9, 20123:20 AM ET.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Hilbert, Harvey (November 13, 2017). "Our Stories: Vietnam Part 1". KRWG Specials. PBS Station KRWG.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Tebbe, Adam Kō Shin(Director). ZEN IN AMERICA: A documentary film about Zen Buddhism in North America (Motion picture).
  5. Yee, Robert (Director). Harvey Daiho Hilbert, Las Cruces Artist Series (Documentary).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Cohen, Jundo. "DAIHO & THE ‘IN’ CROWD (Part 1 of a Series)", Sweeping Zen, March 4, 2016. Retrieved on 7 July 2017.
  7. "PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION (ARMY)" (PDF).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Severson, Alexia. "Meditation provides emotional, mental and physical benefits", Las Cruces Sun News, Las Cruces, Sept. 1, 2015
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Biography: Hilbert, Harvey So Daiho", Sweeping Zen
  10. "Timeline of Zen Buddhism in the United States", Wikipedia, 2018-07-03, retrieved 2018-08-29
  11. "Upaya Institute | Zen Center: 7/27/2009 Newsletter". Upaya Zen Center. Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  12. Yee, Robert (Director). Street Zen (Documentary).
  13. Ramirez, Steve (May 30, 2006). "Holiday honors sacrifice of Las Cruces residents, veterans". Alamogordo Daily News.
  14. Cohen, Jundo. "DAIHO’S WINDING ROAD (Part 2 of a Series)", Sweeping Zen, March 21, 2016. Retrieved on 7 July 2017.
  15. "SWT, Social Work Today". British Assn. of Social Workers. 26 August 1985 – via Google Books.
  16. Toomey, Beverly G.; King, James Allan; Hilbert, Harvey; Lust, Nancy; Howe, Steven; First, Richard J.; Holland, Thomas P.; Saveanu, Traian; Muraco, William A. (26 August 1985). "Homelessness in Ohio: A Study of People in Need, Franklin County Report". Ohio Department of Mental Health, Office of Program Evaluation and Research – via Google Books.
  17. Roshi, Harvey Daiho Hilbert (10 November 2015). "Zen in Your Pocket: From Everyday to the Catastrophic". CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform – via Google Books.
  18. "Amazon.com: Living Zen: The Diary of an American Zen Priest eBook: Harvey Daiho Hilbert Roshi: Kindle Store". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2018-08-30.

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