Gendo Lucy Xiao, L.Ac., began practicing Zen under the guidance of Ryushin Paul Haller in 2000. She became a resident at City Center in 2001 and was ordained as a priest in 2010. She served as jisha (attendant) to Paul for many years and was shuso (head monk) during the winter practice period at Tassajara in 2014. In recent years she also practiced and attended retreats in monasteries in China, finding it invigorating and nourishing to bring the Eastern and Western perspectives together in her practice. She is deeply grateful for the teachings and gifts she has received from her teachers and the Sangha.
Lucy was born and raised in Guangzhou (Canton), China. When she is not sitting in silent meditation, she practices acupuncture and herbal medicine in San Francisco, and enjoys yoga, calligraphy, cooking, singing and laughing.