Josh Bartok, Roshi, began practicing Zen practice with John Daido Loori, at Zen Mountain Monastery in the early 1990s while a student at nearby Vassar College, and later lived there for 18 months. In 2000, he began practicing with James Ishmael Ford, Roshi. He was ordained by James Ford in 2008 and received permission to teach from him in 2012. Presently Josh serves as the guiding teacher and spiritual director of the Greater Boston Zen Center. For many years he worked as a Senior Editor at Wisdom Publications, a leading publisher of classic and contemporary Buddhist books from all of the major Buddhist lineages. During his tenure he edited nearly 250 books having to do with meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhist traditions. Josh is the co-author of Saying Yes to Life (Even the Hard Parts) and the author of Daily Doses of Wisdom. His writings have appeared in Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, and The Handbook of Zen, Mindfulness, and Behavioral Health. He remains with Wisdom on a part-time basis as the Executive Editor and has a private practice in contemplative and Buddhist pastoral therapy in Cambridge, MA.
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