Peter Levitt

Peter Levitt

Eihei Peter Levitt is the founding and guiding teacher of the Salt Spring Zen Circle on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, where he lives with his family. His study and practice of Zen began in San Francisco in 1967. He practiced alone for most of the next fifteen years, and then received lay ordination in 1985 from his teacher, Jakusho Kwong-roshi. In 2010 he received lay entrustment from Zoketsu Norman Fischer, authorizing him as a teacher in the Suzuki-roshi lineage.

A poet and translator, Peter is the author of fourteen books. He also served as Associate Editor of Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen’s Shobo Genzo, edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi, and, with Tanahashi, he edited The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master.
 
Committed to helping Zen take root as a lay practice in the west, Peter wrote, “Zen practice helps us to become intimate with ourselves, and through this, with the world at large. To take care of the world as we find it with intimacy is one of life’s greatest responsibilities and joys; to do so with others is a treasure beyond compare.”