Jisan Anna Thorn
Searching for a deeper understanding of reality and the possibility of living a communal life in harmony with environmental values, Anna joined Green Gulch in 1995, where she met her root teacher, Tenshin Reb Anderson. She spent several years at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery and studied according to Dogen's suggestions. From 1998-2011 she lived with her former husband Jordan Thorn at City Center and practiced there in a number of senior staff positions, including serving as director from 2008-11. Having received priest ordination from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 2003, she was shuso (head monk) in 2007 with former abbot Ryushin Paul Haller. For the last 10 years she has studied with former abbess Kiku Christina Lehnherr, who is now her primary teacher.