Alan Senauke Hozan Alan Senauke (born 1947) is a Soto Zen priest, folk musician and poet residing at the Berkeley Zen Center (BZC) in Berkeley, California, where he currently serves as Vice Abbot.
Albert Saijo Albert Saijo (1926—2011) was an Asian-American poet and, along with Shig Murao, one of only two Asian Americans to be recognized as a part of the Beat Generation.
angel Kyodo Williams angel Kyodo williams (born December 2, 1969) is an African-American writer, ordained Zen priest and the author of Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace, publishe...
Angie Boissevain Angie Boissevain is a Sōtō Zen roshi currently leading the Floating Zendo in San Jose, California.
Anne Hopkins Aitken Anne Arundel Hopkins Aitken (February 8, 1911 – June 13, 1994) was an American writer on Zen.
Anthony Ervin Anthony Lee Ervin (born May 26, 1981) is an American international swimmer who has won two Olympic medals and two World Championship golds.
Chase Twichell Chase Twichell (born August 20, 1950) is an American poet, professor, and publisher, the founder in 1999, of Ausable Press.
Cheri Huber Cheri Huber (born c. 1944) is an American independent Soto Zen teacher.
Chris Kattan Christopher Lee "Chris" Kattan (born October 19, 1970) is an American actor/comedian, best known for his work on Saturday Night Live.
Claude AnShin Thomas Claude Anshin Thomas (born 1947) is an American Zen Buddhist monk and Vietnam War veteran.
Dae Gak Dae Gak (born 1947), born Robert Genthner, is a Zen master and the guiding teacher of Furnace Mountain in Clay City, Kentucky, a Korean Buddhist temple and retreat center co-founded in 198...
Dae Kwang Dae Kwang is a Soen Sa Nim and is the current guiding teacher of the Providence Zen Center.
Danan Henry Michael Danan Henry (born 1939) is a Roshi in the Harada-Yasutani tradition ("Sanbo Kyodan", a Zen sect derived from both the Rinzai and Sōtō traditions of Japanese Zen), practicing in the Diamo...
Daniel Doen Silberberg Daniel Doen Silberberg Sensei is founder, director and teacher of Lost Coin Zen, an international sangha, with headquarters in San Francisco, California.
David Chadwick (writer) David Chadwick (born 1945) grew up in Texas and moved to California to study Zen as a student of Shunryu Suzuki in 1966.
Dennis Merzel Dennis Merzel is an American Zen and spirituality teacher, also known as Genpo Merzel Roshi.
Edward Espe Brown "Kainei" Edward Espé Brown (born March 24, 1945) is an American Zen teacher and writer.
Enkyo Pat O'Hara Enkyō Pat O'Hara is a Soto priest and teacher in the Harada-Yasutani lineage of Zen Buddhism.
Frank Herbert Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr. was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. Though also a short story author, he is best known for his novels, most notably Dune and its five sequels.
Frank Maharajh Frank Maharajh is an American actor, artist, and writer of Indian descent.
Gary Snyder Gary Snyder (born May 8, 1930) is an American man of letters.
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Geoffrey Shugen Arnold is a sensei of the Mountains and Rivers Order (MRO) founded by John Daido Loori, from whom Shugen received shiho, or dharma transmission, in July 1997.
George Bowman George Bowman, or Bo Mun Soen sa Nim, is a Zen master and licensed psychotherapist living at Furnace Mountain in Clay City, Kentucky.
Geri Larkin P'arang Geri Larkin, born Geraldine Kapp Willis, is founder and former head teacher of Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple, a Korean Chogye center in Detroit, Michigan.
Gerry Shishin Wick Gerry Shishin Wick is a Soto Zen roshi, author, oceanographer and abbot of Great Mountain Zen Center which he founded in 1996—one of twelve Dharma Successors of the late Taizan Maezumi (receivin...
Gil Fronsdal Gil Fronsdal (1954) is a practicing Buddhist of the Soto Zen and Vipassana sect since 1975, and is currently teaching the practice of Buddhism in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Gyokuko Carlson Gyokuko Carlson is a Soto Zen roshi and co-abbot of Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland, Oregon, United States, along with her husband, Kyogen Carlson.
Heng Sure Heng Sure (恆實法師, Pinyin: Héng Shí, birth name Christopher R. Clowery; born October 31, 1949) is an American Buddhist monk, born and ordained in the United States.
Hsuan Hua Hsuan Hua (April 16, 1918 – June 7, 1995), also known as An Tzu and Tu Lun, was a Chan (Zen) Buddhist monk and a contributing figure in bringing Chinese Buddhism to the United...
Huston Smith Huston Cummings Smith (born May 31, 1919) is a religious studies scholar in the United States.
Issan Dorsey Issan Dorsey (March 7, 1933 — September 6, 1990), born Tommy Dorsey, Jr., was a Sōtō Zen monk and teacher, Dharma heir of Zentatsu Richard Baker and onetime abbot of Hartford Street Zen C...
Jakusho Kwong Jakusho Kwong, born William Kwong, is a Chinese-American Zen Buddhist teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki.
James Ishmael Ford James Ishmael Ford (Zeno Myoun, Roshi) is an American Zen Buddhist priest and Unitarian Universalist minister.
Jan Chozen Bays Jan Chozen Bays, MD (born 1945), is a pediatrician and Zen teacher practicing in Oregon.
Jiko Linda Cutts Jiko Linda Ruth Cutts (born 1947) is a Sōtō Zen priest practicing in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, a Senior Dharma Teacher at the San Francisco Zen Center.
Jishō Warner Jishō Warner is a Soto Zen priest and guiding teacher of Stone Creek Zen Center in Sonoma County, California, which she founded.
Joan Halifax Joan Jiko Halifax (born 1942) is an American Zen Buddhist roshi, anthropologist, ecologist, civil rights activist, hospice caregiver, and the author of several books on Buddhism and spirituality.
John Cage John Milton Cage Jr. was an American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde.
John Daido Loori John Daido Loori was a Zen Buddhist rōshi who served as the abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery and was the founder of the Mountains and Rivers Order and CEO of Dharma Communications.
John Tesshin Sanderson John Tesshin Sanderson is a Soto Zen roshi of the White Plum Asanga and spiritual director of the Centro Zen de México in Coyoacán, Mexico City, one of only twelve Dharma Successors of the late ...
Joko Beck Charlotte Joko Beck (March 27, 1917 – June 15, 2011) was an American Zen teacher and the author of the books Everyday Zen: Love and Work and Nothing Special: Living Zen.
Joseph Jarman Joseph Jarman (b. September 14, 1937 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas), is a jazz musician, composer and Shinshu Buddhist priest.
Josho Pat Phelan Josho Pat Phelan, Buddhist name Taitaku Josho, is a Sōtō Zen priest and current abbot of Chapel Hill Zen Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina—she has served as abbot there since 2000.
Judith Roitman Judith "Judy" Roitman (born November 12, 1945) is a mathematician, currently a professor at the University of Kansas.
Konrad Ryushin Marchaj Konrad Ryushin Marchaj is the abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, the mainhouse of the Mountains and Rivers Order (MRO) of Zen Buddhism, founded by John Daido Loori, Roshi from whom Marchaj receive...
Kurt Kankan Spellmeyer Kurt Spellmeyer is a Zen teacher and professor in the English Department at Rutgers University.
Kyoki Roberts Rev. Kyōki Roberts (OPW) is an American Sōtō Zen priest and the current head priest of the Zen Center of Pittsburgh at the Deep Spring Temple in Bell Acres, Pennsylvania.
Lee Carlson Lee Carlson (born February 21, 1958) is an American writer best known for his memoir, Passage to Nirvana, about surviving traumatic brain injury.
Lynn Flewelling Lynn Flewelling (born Lynn Elizabeth Beaulieu on October 20, 1958 in Presque Isle, Maine) is a fantasy fiction author, best known for two award-winning fantasy series: the Nightrunner book...
Mary Farkas Mary Farkas (1911—June 7, 1992) was the director of the First Zen Institute of America (FZIA), running the center's administrative functions for many years following the death of her teacher (So...
Maura O'Halloran Maura "Soshin" O'Halloran (May 24, 1955 - October 22, 1982) was an Irish American Zen Buddhist monk.
Maylie Scott Maylie Scott (March 29, 1935—May 10, 2001), Buddhist name Kushin Seisho, was a Sōtō roshi who received Dharma transmission from Sojun Mel Weitsman in 1998 at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.
Mel Weitsman Sojun Mel Weitsman, born Mel Weitsman, is the founder, abbot and guiding teacher of Berkeley Zen Center located in Berkeley, California.
Merle Kodo Boyd Merle Kodo Boyd is the first ever African-American woman to have received Dharma transmission in Zen Buddhism, a Dharma heir of Wendy Egyoku Nakao in the White Plum Asanga.
Michael O'Keefe Michael Raymond O'Keefe (born April 24, 1955) is an American film and television actor.
Michael Wenger Dairyu Michael Wenger is a Sōtō Zen priest and current guiding teacher of Dragons Leap Meditation Center in San Francisco.
Michael Zimmerman (jurist) Michael Zimmerman (born 1943) is a prominent attorney, a former justice of the Utah Supreme Court, and a Zen teacher at Two Arrows Zen (TAZ) located in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Michael Zimmerman (sensei) Michael Zimmerman (born 1943) is a prominent attorney, a former justice of the Utah Supreme Court, and a Zen teacher at Kanzeon Zen Center (KZC) located in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Natalie Goldberg Natalie Goldberg is an American popular New Age author and speaker She is best known for a series of books which explore writing as Zen practice.
Nonin Chowaney Rev. Nonin Chowaney is an American Soto Zen priest, brush calligrapher, and the current abbot and head priest of the Nebraska Zen Center at the Heartland Temple in Omaha, Nebraska.
Paul Genki Kahn Roshi Paul Genki Kahn is founder and Spiritual Director of ZEN GARLAND, An International Spiritual Community with its Head Temple, High Mountain Crystal Lake Zen Community, in Wyckoff, New Jerse...
Paul Reps Paul Reps (1895–1990) was an American artist, poet, and author.
Peter Coyote Peter Coyote (born Robert Peter Cohon; October 10, 1941) is an American actor, author, director, screenwriter and narrator of films, theatre, television and audio books.
Peter Matthiessen Peter Matthiessen was an American novelist, naturalist, and wilderness writer. A co-founder of the literary magazine The Paris Review and a three-time National Book Award winner. He was also a prominent environmental activist.
Peter Schneider (zen priest) Peter Schneider (born 1937) is a Soto Zen priest, founder of Beginner's Mind Zen Center, located in Northridge, California.
Peter Schneider (Zen priest) Peter Schneider (born 1937) is a Sōtō Zen priest, founder of Beginner's Mind Zen Center, located in Northridge, California.
Philip Kapleau Philip Kapleau (August 12, 1912 – May 6, 2004) was a teacher of Zen Buddhism in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition, a blending of Japanese Sōtō and Rinzai schools.
Philip Whalen Philip Glenn Whalen (20 October 1923 – 26 June 2002) was an American poet, Zen Buddhist, and a key figure in the San Francisco Renaissance and close to the Beat generation.
Philippe Coupey Philippe Rei Ryu Coupey, born in New York City is a Zen monk in the Soto line of Taisen Deshimaru and Kodo Sawaki.
Reb Anderson Tenshin Zenki Reb Anderson (born 1943), is a Zen teacher and lineage holder in the Sōtō Zen tradition of Shunryu Suzuki.
Robert Baker Aitken Robert Baker Dairyu Chotan Aitken Rōshi (June 19, 1917 – August 5, 2010) was a Zen teacher in the Harada-Yasutani lineage.
Robert Kennedy (Jesuit) Robert Edward Kennedy (born June 20, 1933) is an American Jesuit priest, professor of Theology, psychoanalyst and Zen Roshi in the White Plum lineage.
Robert Kennedy (roshi) Robert Edward Kennedy is an American Jesuit priest, professor of Theology, psychoanalyst and Zen Roshi in the White Plum lineage.
Ron Allen (playwright) Ronald "Ron" Allen (September 13, 1947 – August 10, 2010) was an African-American poet and playwright who described his work as a "concert of language."
Ruth Fuller Sasaki Ruth Fuller Sasaki, born Ruth Fuller, was an important figure in the development of Buddhism in the United States.
Ruth Ozeki Ruth Ozeki (born March 12, 1956) is a Canadian-American novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest.
Scott Shaw Scott Shaw (born September 23, 1958) is an American actor, author, film director, film producer, journalist, martial artist, musician, photographer, and professor.
Seirin Barbara Kohn Seirin Barbara Kohn is a Soto Zen sensei and head priest of The Austin Zen Center (AZC) in Austin, Texas, practicing in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki.
Sevan Ross Sevan Ross is a Zen Buddhist priest with training backgrounds in both the Sōtō and Rinzai traditions in the Harada-Yasutani lineage.
Sherry Chayat Shinge-shitsu Roko Sherry Chayat (born 1943) is an advocate for the use of meditation in medical settings, with Hoen-ji running the program Well/Being Contemplative Practices for Healing for...
Soeng Hyang Soeng Hyang Soen Sa Nim (성향선사, born April 15, 1948) is a Zen Master and the Guiding Teacher of the international Kwan Um School of Zen, and successor to the late Seung Sahn Soen Sa Nim.
Stephanie Kaza Stephanie Kaza is Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont.
Steve Hagen Stephen Tokan "Steve" Hagen, Rōshi, (born 1945) is the founder and former head teacher of the Dharma Field Zen Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a Dharma heir of Dainin Katagiri-roshi.
Steve Jobs Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American entrepreneur, marketer, and inventor, who was the co-foun...
Su Bong Su Bong (수봉; January 7, 1943—July 17, 1994) was a Soen Sa Nim in the Kwan Um School of Zen, the designated heir of Seung Sahn's lineage.
Taigen Dan Leighton Taigen Dan Leighton (b. 1950, grew up in Pittsburgh, PA) is a Soto Zen priest and teacher, academic, and author.
Tetsugen Bernard Glassman Bernie Glassman (born January 18, 1939), aka Tetsugen Bernard Glassman, is an American Zen Buddhist roshi and co-founder of the Zen Peacemakers (previously the Zen Peacemaker Order), an or...
Thich Thien-An Thích Thiên-Ân was an influential teacher and Buddhist monk of Vietnamese Thiền Buddhism and was active in the United States from 1966 to 1980.
Thiên Ân Dr. Thich Thiên Ân (釋天恩) (September 1926 - November 1980) was an influential teacher of Vietnamese Zen Buddhism who was active in the United States.
Walter Nowick Walter Nowick (January 29, 1926—February 6, 2013) was an American former teacher of Rinzai Zen.
William Nyogen Yeo William Nyogen Yeo is a White Plum Asanga roshi and spiritual director of Hazy Moon Zen Center in Los Angeles, California, one of the twelve Dharma Successors of the late Taizan Maezumi.
Wu Kwang Wu Kwang Soen Sa Nim, born Richard Shrobe, is head Zen teacher at Chogye International Zen Center of New York, a practice center of the Kwan Um School of Zen.
Yvonne Rand Yvonne Rand is a "lay householder" Soto Zen priest and guiding teacher of Goat-in-the-Road located in Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, California.
Zentatsu Richard Baker Zentatsu Richard Baker, born Richard Dudley Baker, is an American Soto Zen master, the founder and guiding teacher of Dharma Sangha—which consists of Crestone Mountain Zen Center located i...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer Zoketsu Norman Fischer (c. 1946) is an American Soto Zen roshi, poet and Buddhist author practicing in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki.