In Zen practice there is no line drawn between a daily life of mindful attention and the spiritual exercise of meditation. Whether lecturing, giving private counseling, pointing out a mistake, or teaching by example, it is the purpose of our teachers to help each student find his or her own center in meditation, understand the Precepts in daily life, and bring an energetic mindfulness to all situations. Above all, they wish to help the students fully realize their own potential in practice.
Co-Abbot Kyogen Carlson
Abbot Kyogen Carlson died September 18, 2014. See his obituary.
Co-Abbot Gyokuko Carlson
Gyokuko Carlson was ordained in 1975 by Roshi Jiyu-Kennett at Shasta Abbey. In 1980 she graduated from the seminary program, then remained at Shasta Abbey to deepen her practice and to help out as a staff member until she and Kyogen married in 1982 and came to Oregon to teach. Gyokuko prefers working with people one-on-one or in small groups, and specializes in daily life practice which makes her the natural person to be in charge of the daily affairs of the Center. She currently serves as the Kanin, or Director of the Center.