Teachers

Head Teacher


Eugene Bush

 

Fugan Eugene Bush began formal practice in 1982 and received Dharma transmission from Katherine Thanas in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi in 2010. Gene became a visiting teacher at the Arcata Zen Group in 2013 and currently serves as Head Teacher. He continues to welcome and encourage Arcata Zen Group's ongoing relationships with former visiting and guiding teachers. Gene also serves as one of the Practice Leaders of Santa Cruz Zen Center with occasional forays to Hartford Street Zen Center and to Queer Dharma at San Francisco Zen Center. He teaches the traditional practice of sewing Buddha’s Robe. He is retired from his paid work after 37 years as a public school teacher in the Santa Cruz area. He is most interested in the ways in which formal practice trains us for everyday life.

 

 

Visiting Teachers


Alan Senauke

 

Hozan Alan Senauke is a Soto Zen priest at the forefront of socially engaged Buddhism. From 1991 through 2001 Alan was Executive Director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. He is currently president of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association. Alan’s non-profit, Clear View Project, focuses on social change and relief in India, Burma, and the United States. Alan is vice-abbot of Berkeley Zen Center, and on the core faculty of Upaya Zen Center’s chaplaincy program. For over three decades he has lived with his wife Laurie at Berkeley Zen Center. Alan has published two books on engaged Buddhism— The Bodhisattva’s Embrace and Heirs to Ambedkar: The Rebirth of Engaged Buddhism in India. He is also an accomplished musician; his most recent recording of traditionally based music is titled Everything Is Broken.

Mary Mocine

 

Mary Mocine is a Soto Zen priest and founder of the Clear Water Zendo in Vallejo where she has served as Abbess since 2008.  She was a practicing attorney from 1971 to 1989 In 1988, Mary began to study and practice at Berkeley Zen Center and Green Gulch Zen Farm. She lived at Tassajara Zen Center from 1990-1994, when she was ordained as a Zen priest by Sojun Mel Weitsman. She has been a member of the senior staff at all three SF Zen Center practice places.  Mary participated in the formal training program of the Zen Hospice Project.  She has also studied with Yvonne Rand, Norman Fischer, Blanche Hartman and Reb Anderson.  She received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman in 2005.

 

 

Teachers Emeriti


Mark Lancaster

 

Mark Lancaster has been practicing Soto Zen Meditation formally since 1988. He is an ordained Soto priest, registered with the Soto Zen Buddhist Association and received Dharma Transmission from Dairyu Michael Wenger at San Francisco Zen Center in 2006.  Mark's teaching focuses on the intersection of spiritual practice and daily life.

 

Angie Boissevain

 

Zuiko Enji, Angie Boissevain is a disciple of the late Kobun Chino Otokawa Roshi and completed dharma transmission with Jakko Eso, Vanja Palmers Roshi. Angie was active as a Zen teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area for thirty years. She is one of the founders, with Kobun Chino Roshi, of Jikoji, a Zen temple and retreat center in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She led retreats at Arcata Zen Group several times a year for many years.  Angie also led retreats in other parts of the US and in Europe until 2013, when long distance traveling became too challenging. She continues teaching at Floating Zendo, a Zen sitting group meeting weekly in San Jose, CA where she lives. She has three sons and is a published poet.