After attending an agricultural high school, Doug Walsh entered the Navy for two enlistments. He was then employed by a local process controls manufacturing company for 37 years and has been retired for the past 2 years. He came to the Kwan Um School of Zen at Providence Zen Center in 1998. In July 2010 he took his Bodhisattva Teacher Precepts and in June 2011 he became Do Gam (Vice Abbott ) at PZC.