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Laurie Schley Senauke

Laurie Schley Senauke, Ekai Uji (Cherishing Ocean Being Time), started formal Zen practice in 1980 at San Francisco Zen Center; she worked at Greens restaurant back in the day, and lived at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center for three years. In 1989 she married Hozan Alan Senauke, moved to Berkeley Zen Center, and has been raising her family there ever since her daughter Silvie was born in 1990. Her son Alex was born in 1994. After several years of intense focus on childrearing, she gradually returned to more involvement in formal practice. She served as head student (shuso) at BZC in 2003 and received lay recognition in 2006. She leads a dharma study group at BZC oriented towards people who often sit at home. Her group is always open to new members. She is also currently studying hypnotherapy.