Resident Practice Leaders

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.

Hakusho Ostlund

Hakusho Ostlund

Hakusho Ostlund first entered residential practice at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in 2006 after a journey through monasteries and retreat centers in Asia had inspired him to continue to make the Buddhadharma a main focus in his life. He was ordained as a Soto Zen Priest by Furyu Nancy Schroeder in 2012 and served as shuso, head student, under her guidance in 2016. He is currently the tanto (head of practice) at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.

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. Norman has an abiding commitment to applying Zen to contemporary issues and everyday life in the world. In addition to his guiding leadership and teaching with Everyday Zen in the Bay Area, Norman was the founding teacher and continues to participate with other Zen groups.

Zenshin Greg Fain

Zenshin Greg Fain

Zenshin Greg Fain got his first introduction to Zen at San Francisco Zen Center when he was 19, and more recently has been training closely with his teacher Sojun Mel Weitsman Roshi, the Abbot of Berkeley Zen Center, for over 20 years. He was ordained as a priest in 2002, and received dharma transmission in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi from Sojun Roshi in April 2012.

Jokai Carolyn Cavanagh

Jokai Carolyn Cavanagh

Jokai Carolyn Cavanagh has been a residential practitioner at San Francisco Zen Center since 2000. She has served as garden manager, guest student manager, and Ino at Green Gulch Farm, and she is now the director at Tassajara. She was ordained as a priest in 2007 and was shuso at Tassajara in 2010 with Tenshin Reb Anderson.

Chosetsu Lauren Bouyea

Chosetsu Lauren Bouyea

Chosetsu Lauren Bouyea has been a residential practitioner since 2003 at all three temples of San Francisco Zen Center. She received a degree in environmental studies with a concentration in Eastern religious traditions in 2002. Lauren has served in many temple positions, including garden manager at Green Gulch Farm from 2010-2014. She currently lives at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, where she served as head student (shuso) in fall 2016 with her teacher, Eijun Linda Cutts.