Retreat Leaders

Shosan Victoria Austin

Shosan Victoria Austin

Shosan Victoria Austin came to Zen practice in 1971. She was ordained by Zentatsu Richard Baker in 1982 and received dharma transmission from Sojun Mel Weitsman in 1999. Since her first Iyengar Yoga practice in 1978 and her first “Yoga for Sitters” class offering in 1984, she has explored how these two disciplines of mindful action support and sustain each other. She currently teaches at San Francisco Zen Center, the Iyengar Yoga Institute, Abode of Iyengar Yoga, and other venues around the country.

Ann Averbach

Ann Averbach

Ann Averbach is committed to helping others transform their lives through yoga. Founder of DiviniTree Yoga Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara, her mission is to build conscious community. When she is not on her yoga mat, Ann can be found hiking in nature, traveling the world, gardening, or gathering with friends and family over farm to table meals.

Letitia Bartlett

Letitia Bartlett

Letitia Bartlett has been teaching yoga for 20 years. She is a graduate of the San Francisco Iyengar Institute and studied in Pune, India with the Iyengar family. In addition to teaching yoga, Letitia works as a clown, mime and acting teacher in San Francisco. She has taught at American Conservatory Theater, The Academy of Art University, and Stanford University.

Christine Bailey

Christine Bailey

Christine Bailey received her Master's of Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work has been exhibited in venues including The Baltimore Contemporary Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and the New Museum, NY. Awards include Maryland State Arts Council grants for Drawing and Photography, a Faculty Development Grant from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and a Semifinalist award for the Sondheim Prize. She believes that everyone can learn to draw and has taught art to all ages and levels.

Jennifer Block

Jennifer Block

Jennifer Block is a Buddhist chaplain who provides care to individuals facing the spiritual and emotional issues related to aging, sickness, dying, and grief. She teaches spiritual care, contemplative care, and chaplaincy in various settings.

Ingen Breen

Ingen Breen

Ingen Breen received Dharma transmission from Zoketsu Norman Fischer. Ingen has been practicing Buddhism for over 20 years and lived in community for about 14 years. He has led sesshin and retreats in England, Sweden, Italy, Ireland and California, and is a member of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association of America.

Christy Brown

Christy Brown

Christy Brown has studied with Pattabhi Jois, S.N. Goenka, Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley, John Friend, Desikachar, and the Dalai Lama. Emphasizing mindfulness, breath and alignment, cultivating one's highest wellbeing for the benefit of all beings, and drawing on various yoga traditions and Buddhist philosophy, Christy weaves a creatively flowing, invigorating yet calming, centering yet expanding exploration of Self through Asana. ChristyBrownYoga.com

Edward Brown

Edward Brown

Zen teacher, chef, and author of The Tassajara Bread Book.


Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan

Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan

Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan has been teaching Yoga in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1988 and was a professional dancer for 27 years. Shokuchi received priest ordination from Tenshin Reb Anderson in March 2010 and currently serves as the Conference Coordinator at Green Gulch Farm.

Cynthia Cummins

Cynthia Cummins

Cynthia Cummins regularly leads Wild Heart Writing workshops in San Francisco. A former journalist, she is a blogger, novelist and student of writing. She is a graduate of Interchange Counseling Institute and formerly served as SF facilitator for The Hoffman Institute.

Eijun Linda Cutts

Eijun Linda Cutts

Eijun Linda Cutts came to San Francisco Zen Center in 1971 and was ordained as a priest in 1975. She has lived at Tassajara and City Center, and has resided at Green Gulch since 1993. She served as Abbess of SFZC from 2000 to 2007, and as Abiding Abbess of Green Gulch Farm Zen Center from 2010 to 2014. She is currently SFZC's Central Abbess. She has been co-leading Yoga-Zen retreats for many years at both Tassajara and Green Gulch.

Grace Dammann, MD

Grace Dammann, MD

Grace Dammann, MD, was a long time resident of Green Gulch Farm. Her life changed one afternoon when she experienced a head-on collision on the Golden Gate Bridge. After 45 days in a coma, Grace miraculously awoke. Once honored by HH the Dalai Lama, she now runs a pain clinic from a wheelchair.

Shogen Danielson

Shogen Danielson

Shogen Danielson began practicing Zen in 1997 and was ordained as a priest in 2008 by Teah Strozer. Before becoming a resident at Zen Center, he worked with the Peace Corps in Africa for four and a half years teaching science, math, and life skills. Shogen holds an M.S. in Physics and Astronomy and loves spending time in nature with his two children.

Laura Davis

Laura Davis

Laura Davis is the author of seven non-fiction books, including The Courage to Heal, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be and I Thought We’d Never Speak Again. Laura’s groundbreaking books have sold more than 1.8 million copies around the world. She is currently working on performance pieces and a memoir based on letters to her dead mother, who passed away in the summer of 2014.

Krista De Castella

Krista De Castella

Krista De Castella was introduced to Zen in 2007 while studying martial arts full-time in Japan. She is passionate about the links between meditation, science, and traditional Japanese arts. Krista is currently completing a Clinical MA/PhD in psychology. She teaches Mindfulness (MBSR) classes in San Francisco and at Adobe.

Zenshin Greg Fain

Zenshin Greg Fain

Zenshin Greg Fain received dharma transmission in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi from Sojun Mel Weitsman. Greg is married and currently serves as tanto.

Zoketsu Norman Fischer

Zoketsu Norman Fischer

Zoketsu Norman Fischer is a poet, writer, priest, and a former abbot of San Francisco Zen Center. He is founder and teacher of the Everyday Zen Foundation.

Britt Fohrman

Britt Fohrman

Britt Fohrman has taught yoga since 1997, with a foundation in Iyengar yoga and specialties in restorative, therapeutic and prenatal yoga. Her teaching emphasizes individualized alignment, meditative focus and breath-guided movement, and is infused with levity, compassion and honesty.

Hoka Chris Fortin, MFT

Hoka Chris Fortin, MFT

Chris is a Zen priest and teacher who received dharma transmission from Zoketsu Norman Fischer. She is a licensed MFT psychotherapist and spiritual counselor who has combined psychotherapy and spirituality for over 25 years in her private practice. She began practicing Buddhism at San Francisco Zen Center in 1976.

Shinchi Linda Galijan, Ph.D.

Shinchi Linda Galijan, Ph.D.

Shinchi Linda Galijan, Ph.D., was ordained by Sojun Mel Weitsman in 2004 and received Dharma Transmission from him in 2012. She has been a professional musician, a massage therapist, and a licensed clinical psychologist, and has practiced yoga for over 20 years. She currently serves as Director of Tassajara.


Djinn Gallagher

Djinn Gallagher

Myogan Djinn Gallagher has been meditating for a quarter-century. In 2007, she gave up her career as a newspaper journalist to leave Ireland and come to live in Tassajara. Ordained as a priest by Ryushin Paul Haller in 2013, she combines a continuing interest in language with a deep appreciation of silence.

Jim Gallas

Jim Gallas

Jim Gallas has been teaching yoga, qigong and shiatsu for over 20 years. He teaches at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, at Five Branches University Santa Cruz, and at Haramara Retreat in Sayulita, Mexico. Jim loves his work, and aims to meet the needs of each student with compassion, humor, and extensive experience.

Rosemary Garrison

Rosemary Garrison

Rosemary Garrison brings ten years of teaching experience and over 15 years of practice to her students. She offers a gentle, yet strong touch and consistently beckons her students into the deeper layers of the practice, encouraging a pathway to greater awareness, transformation and peace.

Dario Doshin Girolami

Dario Doshin Girolami

Dario Doshin Girolami is a Zen Teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. He founded Centro Zen L’Arco in Rome, Italy, where he teaches Zen and Tai Chi Chuan. He holds a Degree in Indian and Eastern Religions and Philosophies, and is an authorized teacher of Tai Chi Chuan.

Jisan Tova Green

Jisan Tova Green

Jisan Tova Green, a Zen priest with dharma transmission from Eijun Linda Cutts in 2015, resides and teaches at San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center. She co-founded the SFZC Queer Dharma Group in 2009. Tova has worked as a hospice social worker, plays the cello, and writes poetry.

Jody Greene

Jody Greene

Jody Greene first encountered Zen Buddhism at the Tassajara work period in September 2001 and came to the practice of Vinyasa Flow yoga in 2002. Since then, she has consistently practiced in both traditions, while teaching meditation to yogis and yoga to meditators. Jody completed her first Tassajara practice period in 2008. Since 2009, her primary focus in yoga has consisted of assisting her teacher, Janet Stone, at retreats and workshops around the world. Jody is Professor of Literature, Feminist Studies, and the History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz.

Reirin Alheidis Gumbel

Reirin Alheidis Gumbel

Reirin Alheidis Gumbel started Zen practice as a lay student in 1990. She received lay ordination from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1993, became a resident at San Francisco Zen Center in 2003, and lived at Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara for almost twelve years. Her teacher, Furyu Nancy Schroeder, ordained her as a priest in 2007, and invited her to be head student in 2012. She held many temple jobs, including head cook, guest manager, and ino. Currently, Reirin is the resident teacher at Milwaukee Zen Center.

Ryushin Paul Haller

Ryushin Paul Haller

Ryushin Paul Haller, former City Center Abbot, has taught Zen, mindfulness, and meditation for over 25 years throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has created programs that assist with depression and substance abuse, has taught in prisons, and has a long involvement with the Zen Hospice Project. He has been practicing yoga for over 25 years.

Steven Harper, M.A.

Steven Harper, M.A.

Steven Harper is a wilderness guide, author, and consultant. He has taught at Esalen Institute for over 35 years and is a resident of Big Sur. A student of Buddhism since 1972, he also has an MA in Psychology with a focus on wild nature as a vehicle for awakening.

Shundo David Haye

Shundo David Haye

Shundo David Haye began his practice in 2000 and lived at City Center and Tassajara for 15 years. He was ordained as a priest in 2009, served as shuso (head monk) at Tassajara in fall 2012, and performed a number of the traditional temple administrator roles at Tassajara and City Center. He likes to be outside, either riding a bike or taking photographs; his photography is a mainstay of Zen Center publications, and can be seen at shundophoto.tumblr.com. He also writes a blog about practice: shundo.wordpress.com.

Purusha Hickson

Purusha Hickson

Purusha Hickson has been teaching Hatha Yoga for over 35 years. His principal spiritual teacher is Swamini Turiyasangitanandaji, also known as Alice Coltrane. He has studied extensively in India with great Hatha Yoga masters such as Swami Satchidananda, the Iyengars, and Pattabhi Jois. His classes are characterized by a unique blend of spirit, technique, and humor.

James Higgins

James Higgins

James Higgins composes mindful yoga practices with his vipassana meditation experience. Offering a unique, appealing class focused on the integration of physical, mental and emotional wellness, each class holds the intention for peaceful healing, personal evolution, and a deeper understanding of the heart.

Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield

Internationally renowned poet Jane Hirshfield received lay-ordination in Soto Zen in 1979. She appeared in the 2010 PBS documentary The Buddha and her poems are featured in seven editions of The Best American Poems, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Orion, Poetry, and Tricycle. Her two new books are The Beauty and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform The World (both Knopf, 2015).

Brian Hogencamp

Brian Hogencamp

Brian Hogencamp is a dedicated yoga practitioner and certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. He travels annually to India for extended study with the Iyengar family. Brian is devoted to sharing the art, science and philosophy of yoga according to the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar. www.iybrian.com

Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer is the author of twelve books, on subjects ranging from Sufism and the XIVth Dalai Lama to the Cuban Revolution and our global lives. He gave talks for TED.com in both 2013 and 2014—one on movement and one on stillness—and each has been viewed more than 2 million times. For more than a quarter-century he has been a constant essayist for Time, The New York Times, Tricycle, Shambhala Sun and many others.

Leslie James

Leslie James

Leslie James is the Abiding Teacher at Tassajara and has practiced at San Francisco Zen Center since 1971. She received lay dharma transmission from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 2001. Leslie has two grown children and has lived at Tassajara with her husband, Keith Meyerhoff, for 30 years.

Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson has practiced Zen and organic horticulture for more than 35 years. She received lay dharma entrustment from Eijun Linda Cutts in 2006 and is also a lay-ordained dharma teacher in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Wendy is author of the recent San Francisco Zen Center book Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate.


Seiho Qayyum Johnson

Seiho Qayyum Johnson

Seiho Qayyum Johnson received Zen Buddhist precepts from Myogen Steve Stücky in 2009 and served as head monk with Abbess Fu Schroeder in 2015. He is also a poet, artist, and writer exploring the intersections of Buddhism, ecology, social justice, and peace activism. He currently serves as Head Farmer at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center.

Ryotan Cynthia Kear

Ryotan Cynthia Kear

Cynthia Kear has been practicing Soto Zen Buddhism for twenty-five years. As a full-time employee with an active family, she appreciates how demanding life can be. “Everywhere practice,” infusing the everyday “marketplace” of our lives with space, awareness, stability and ease, is her primary interest.

Rusan Dale Kent

Rusan Dale Kent

Rusan Dale Kent, author of Tassajara Dinners and Desserts, lived and practiced at Tassajara for many years. He spent much of his time in the kitchen cooking and serving as Tenzo (Head Cook). Currently he is employed as a resident priest at Houston Zen Center.

Lee Klinger Lesser

Lee Klinger Lesser

Lee Klinger Lesser has been leading workshops in Sensory Awareness for over 30 years. She led workshops together with Charlotte Selver, founder of Sensory Awareness in the United States. Lee began studying Zen in 1978 and appreciates the deep interconnectedness of these practices. She co-founded Honoring the Path of the Warrior, offering mindfulness retreats for returning veterans.


Marc Lesser

Marc Lesser

Marc Lesser is CEO of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) an organization committed to effective leadership and happiness, using the tools of mindfulness and emotional intelligence.He was a part of the team that developed and taught Search Inside Yourself within Google. Marc was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for ten years and former director of Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center.

Yo-on Jeremy Levie

Yo-on Jeremy Levie

Yo-on Jeremy Levi studied philosophy and theater at Yale University. He was ordained in 2005 and served as Director and Head of Practice at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. He is now the Corporate Secretary of San Francisco Zen Center and lives in the city with his wife and teenage daughter.


Sessei Meg Levie

Sessei Meg Levie

Sessei Meg Levie, MA, has been practicing Zen for over 20 years and received ordination as a Zen priest in 2003. She also is a certified executive and life coach and has taught programs in mindfulness in the workplace, with clients from Genentech, Twitter, Zynga and Google. She currently lives with her family at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in Marin County.

Djuna Mascall

Djuna Mascall

Djuna Mascall illuminates yoga through her extensive knowledge of anatomy, alignment, and the wisdom of yoga and Buddhist dharma. She is a Prajna Yoga Senior teacher (Tias Little) with 10 years’ experience and offers Prajna workshops nationally.

Lisa Marie

Lisa Marie

Lisa Marie, CYT, has 30 years experience as a yogi, with 14 years experience as a teacher and energy facilitator. She includes Hatha, Yin, & Therapeutic Yoga in her classes. Her style is warm and supportive, offering a practice for everyone. Find out more by visiting premayogahealing.com.

Daniel Matt

Daniel Matt

Daniel Matt is a teacher of Kabbalah. He recently completed an 18-year project of translating the Zohar, the masterpiece of Jewish mysticism.

Jackie McGrath, MA

Jackie McGrath, MA

Jackie McGrath is an executive coach committed to supporting leaders toward greater authenticity, presence, and power. She has lectured extensively on the topic of personal creativity and innovative leadership, and has been a guest lecturer at Chicago’s Graduate School of Business and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and Engineering. Jackie holds a BS in Engineering and a Master’s in Organizational Psychology, and is a Certified Professional Coach.


Zenki Mary Mocine

Zenki Mary Mocine

Mary Mocine is a Zen priest who trained at San Francisco Zen Center and was ordained in 1994. She received dharma transmission from Sojun Mel Weitsman in 2005. Mary practiced law for 18 years and now leads a dharma group for lawyers.


Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye's poetry reflects a world vision, and attests to our shared humanity. Author or editor of over 30 books, her new books include Transfer and There is No Long Distance Now.


Zesho Susan O'Connell

Zesho Susan O'Connell

Zesho Susan O’Connell is a Zen teacher with 25 years of meditation experience. She has lived at Zen Center since 1995 and was ordained as a priest by Tenshin Reb Anderson. Before moving into Zen Center, Susan was an actress, film producer, and consultant. She is a mother and grandmother and currently serves as the President of Zen Center


Lirio Ohlson

Lirio Ohlson

Lirio Ohlson M.A., E-RYT 500 has taught meditation, pranayama and yoga asana postures for the last 20 years. Her goal is to make yoga available and accessible to people regardless of physical ability or aptitude. She enjoys bringing humor, warmth and creativity to her classes.

Samantha Ostergaard

Samantha Ostergaard

Samantha Ostergaard brings two decades of training in therapeutic and restorative yoga to guide you in practices that restore, rebalance and realign the body, breath and mind. Her yoga teaching is deeply influenced by the transformational three years she spent living and practicing at Tassajara. Her yoga classes emphasize meditative awareness in the experience of each pose, with alignment principles that harmonize and energize the body. She has been a student of yoga for over 20 years, a student of Zen for almost 20 years, and teaching for about 10 years. Samantha is an acupuncturist and yoga therapist in San Francisco, specializing in helping people recover from chronic pain.


Stacie Overby

Stacie Overby

Stacie Overby views yoga as a spiritual, psychological, and energetic journey that inspires greater understanding of and connection to the true Self within. She believes in the potency of breath as the most powerful natural resource for deep transformation and connection to spirit. Her vigorous Vinyasa-style classes emphasize the integration of breath and movement, meditation and pranayama transforming the practice into a holistic exploration of the mind, body and soul. She also draws on her background as a dancer to evoke inner grace and balance in a safe, creative environment.

Ruth Ozeki

Ruth Ozeki

Ruth Ozeki is a writer, filmmaker, novice Zen priest, and author of three novels, My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being.

Athena Pappas

Athena Pappas

Athena Pappas has been immersed in the study, practice and teaching of yoga since 1989. She is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher; her classes emphasize alignment and awareness. Athena believes that yoga is a multi-faceted gem, offering skills that inspire practitioners toward experiencing peaceful and contented lives.

Korin Charlie Pokorny, M.A.

Korin Charlie Pokorny, M.A.

Korin Charlie Pokorny was ordained as a priest by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1999. He practiced as a resident at Tassajara and Green Gulch Farm Zen Center for 12 years. Charlie and his partner, Dojin Sarah Emerson, are head priests at Stone Creek Zen Center. He also teaches at the Institute of Buddhist Studies.

Diane Renshaw

Diane Renshaw

Diane Renshaw began Zen practice at Tassajara in 1978, received lay ordination in 1993, and is working with Tassajara on a native plant project.

Cloud Mountain Graham Ross

Cloud Mountain Graham Ross

Cloud Mountain Graham Ross has been practicing residentially at Tassajara since 2004. He was ordained by Ryushin Paul Haller in 2007 and was Shuso (Head Monk) in 2010. Graham currently serves as the Ino (Head of the Meditation Hall) at Tassajara and was one of the five people who met the fires at Tassajara in 2008. Graham received a 1st degree black belt in 2002 in the Saito Sensei lineage of Aikido.

Jiryu Rutschman-Byler

Jiryu Rutschman-Byler

Jiryu Rutschman-Byler is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, with dharma transmission from Sojun Mel Weitsman. He lives and teaches at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center and is the head teacher of the Buddhadharma Sangha of San Quentin State Prison. Jiryu has trained in Zen temples in the US and Japan since 1996. He also holds a master's degree in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley (2014), where he worked under the mentorship of the Group in Buddhist Studies on Buddhist texts in classical Chinese and modern Japanese. His thesis research focused on Nishiari Bokusan and the development of Soto Zen in Japan during the Meiji Period (1868-1912).

Furyu Nancy Schroeder

Furyu Nancy Schroeder

Furyu Nancy Schroeder, a resident of Zen Center for over 35 years, became abiding abbess at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in March 2014. She has directed the Children and Family programs at Green Gulch Farm and has held most of the monastic positions at Zen Center. She has been an active supporter of programs for children, people of color, the gay and lesbian community, and the interfaith community.


Laurie Senauke

Laurie Senauke

Laurie Senauke began formal Zen practice in 1980, served as shuso at Berkeley Zen Center and received lay recognition in 2006. She was editor of Windbell for three years, assisted in writing/editing two Zen Center-related books, and was a contributor to Dharma Family Treasures and The Hidden Lamp..


Keiryu Liên Shutt

Keiryu Liên Shutt

Keiryu Liên Shutt received dharma transmission from Zenkei Blanche Hartman. Based at San Francisco Zen Center, she also teaches at East Bay Meditation Center and other Bay Area groups. Liên currently works as a social worker, mainly within the field of homelessness. Please go to www.AccessToZen.org for sitting group info and other events.

Dr. Lani Simpson

Dr. Lani Simpson

Dr. Lani Simpson is the author of the best selling book, Dr. Lani’s No-Nonsense Bone Health Guide, which has been described as offering “the truth about density testing, osteoporosis drugs, and building bone quality at any age.

Mary Stares

Mary Stares

Mary Stares first came to Zen Center in 2000, following a period of residential practice at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Brother David Steindl-Rast

Brother David Steindl-Rast

Brother David Steindl-Rast (Christian) is a life-long Benedictine monk. His Zen teachers include HakuunYasutani Roshi, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and Eido Shimano Roshi. Brother David serves a worldwide Network for Grateful Living.


Rex Stromness

Rex Stromness

Rex Stromness had the good fortune to be introduced to both yoga and Zen meditation while studying at Sonoma State College in the mid-70s. After graduating he spent 10 years in Boulder, Colorado where he was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga and the teachings of Trungpa Rinpoche. He and his wife Michele lead International yoga, meditation, and culture retreats in Bali, Guatemala and Costa Rica.

Shôken Michael Stone

Shôken Michael Stone

Shôken Michael Stone illuminates the ancient teachings and practices of Vipassana meditation, yoga and Zen Buddhism for a post-millennial age. He teaches internationally at the intersection of psychology, spirituality, and social change, and has authored numerous books. Michael is a Fellow in Residence at the University of British Columbia.

Patricia Sullivan

Patricia Sullivan

Patricia Sullivan’s 37 years of experience teaching yoga bring a natural joy and ease of being through emphasis on process, exploration, and individual attention. She contributes this depth of experience in teacher trainings and retreats for various institutions, and in one-to-one therapeutic sessions. Patricia has been co-leading Tassajara Yoga-Zen retreats for 27 years..


Kazuaki Tanahashi

Kazuaki Tanahashi

Kazuaki Tanahashi is a calligrapher, painter, Zen scholar, and writer. Originally from Japan, he has had solo exhibitions worldwide. As a peace worker, Kaz is founding director of A World Without Armies. Kaz is the editor of a two volume translation of Dogen’s Shobogenzo, Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Shobo Genzo, published in July 2011. His book Sky Above, Great Wind: The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan was published in October 9, 2012.

For more information on Kaz and his other publications, visit his web site: www.brushmind.net

Ango Sara Tashker

Ango Sara Tashker

Ango Sara Tashker has been an organic farmer and residential practitioner at San Francisco Zen Center since 2002. In 2011 she served as shuso (head student) at Tassajara with Abbot Myogen Steve Stücky and Sojun Mel Weitsman, and in 2013 was ordained as a Soto Zen Priest. She currently serves as director of Green Gulch Farm, where she lives and practices with her family.

Do-On Robert Thomas

Do-On Robert Thomas

Do-On Robert Thomas is a Zen priest and teacher with Dharma Transmission from Zoketsu Norman Fischer. His teaching is focused on helping people extend the deeply grounded yet expansive awareness of Zen meditation into the activities of daily life. He is also a visiting Dharma teacher at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM.


Jisan Anna Thorn

Jisan Anna Thorn

Jisan Anna Thorn has been practicing at all three temples of San Francisco Zen Center since 1995. She received priest ordination in 2003 from Tenshin Reb Anderson and was shuso (head monk) in 2007 under Abbot Ryushin Paul Haller. She was an assistant teacher for the Program Establishing the Path of Practice at City Center and has been a practice leader at City Center. Anna currently lives at Green Gulch Farm, where she is a practice leader and serves as the tanto (head of practice).

Ko Shin Steven Tierney

Ko Shin Steven Tierney

Steven Tierney, Ed.D. LPCC, is Professor of Counseling Psychology and Chair of the Community Mental Health Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. A certified addiction specialist, he is the Co- Founder of the San Francisco Mindfulness Foundation. Steven has been studying and practicing Buddhism for more than 20 years. He was ordained by Dairyu Michael Wenger and served as shuso in 2013.

Unzan Mako Voelkel

Unzan Mako Voelkel

Unzan Mako Voelkel has been practicing at San Francisco Zen Center since 1997. In 2002, she ended a teaching position in Philosophy at the City College of San Francisco to become a full time resident at Tassajara. Ordained by Ryushin Paul Haller in 2004 and Shuso at Tassajara in 2009, she has served in several senior staff positions, most recently as the Tassajara Director. In 2012 she and her partner Graham Ross took a year of travel in Asia and Europe before becoming co-Tantos at the Austin Zen Center, where they now live and practice.


Pamela Weiss

Pamela Weiss

Pamela Weiss is an executive coach and the Founder and Chief Wisdom Officer of Appropriate Response. She is a pioneer in translating meditative practices into leadership development and organizational transformation. Pamela lived at Zen Center from 1987-1991, is trained by Jack Kornfield at Spirit Rock, leads a weekly sitting group through San Francisco Insight and offers meditation retreats internationally.

Sojun Mel Weitsman

Sojun Mel Weitsman

Sojun Mel Weitsman is Abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center, and a former Abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center. He began practice with Suzuki Roshi in 1964, and was ordained as a priest in 1969. He received dharma transmission from Suzuki’s son Gyugaku Hoitsu Roshi in 1984. He has led many practice periods, ordained many students, given dharma transmission to a number of priests, and enjoys spreading Suzuki Roshi’s teaching. He especially welcomes beginners.


Dr. Lucy Xiao

Dr. Lucy Xiao

Gendo Lucy Xiao is a Zen priest and a doctor of acupuncture and oriental medicine. Lucy started practicing at San Francisco Zen Center in 2000 and lived there as a resident for 12 years. She received priest ordination from Senior Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller in 2010 and served as Shuso (head monk) at Tassajara in winter 2014. She has also attended retreats in China and found it enriching and humbling to have exposure to practices in both the east and the west.

Perry Yung

Perry Yung

Perry Yung studied shakuhachi making in Japan with support from the Japan–US Friendship Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, and the International House in Tokyo.

Liping Julia Zhu

Liping Julia Zhu

Dr. Liping Zhu, DAOM L.Ac. is a certified Qigong and Taichi instructor from China and a disciple of Taoist Master Yu Anren. She is the Qigong instructor at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a former resident of SF Zen Center and currently has an acupuncture practice in San Francisco.


Kanzan David Zimmerman

Kanzan David Zimmerman

Kanzan David Zimmerman has been practicing Zen for 25 years, was ordained by Rev. Teah Strozer in 2006, and spent eight years at Tassajara. He currently lives at City Center where he serves as the Head of Practice, is a co-facilitator of Queer Dharma, and co-leads workshops on Transforming Depression and Anxiety.