Layla Smith Bockhorst

Layla Smith Bockhorst

Layla Smith Bockhorst (Gyokujun Teishin, “Pure Forge, Pervading Heart”) began practicing in 1969 at San Francisco Zen Center with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and spent a total of 18 years in residence at SFZC’s three practice places. She was ordained by Richard Baker and received dharma transmission from Norman Fischer. She did the Winter 2014 practice period at Tassajara and was a practice leader there in the summer of 2016. Currently she is Tanto at Green Gulch Farm, and is the guiding teacher for Open Circle Sangha in Helena, Montana.