The North American Abbot of the Kwan Um School of Zen, a co-guiding teacher of Providence Zen Center, Cambridge Zen Center, as well as the guiding teacher of Open Meadow Zen Center in Lexington, MA. He has been a student of Zen Master Seung Sahn since the mid-70s. He received inka in 1990 and transmission to be Zen Master in April 2000. He is one of the founding members of CZC and founded Open Meadow Zen Group in Lexington. He teaches accredited Zen classes at Boston University and regularly leads retreats, teaching Zen Buddhism around the world.