Resident Practice Leaders
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.
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 (Head of Practice) at Tassajara. His intention is to encourage you in your practice.
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.
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 the incoming director at Tassajara. She was ordained as a priest in 2007 and was shuso at Tassajara in 2010 with Tenshin Reb Anderson.