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March 2014 Everyday Zen Dharma Seminar

Mar 12th 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This month we'll be having guest dharma talks by "younger" teachers. (See bios, below)

  • March 5 Lienn Shutt, Dharma Heir of Blanche Hartman 
  • March 12: Jeremy Levie, Green Gulch Tanto
  • March 19, Jiryu Ruschman-Byler, Green Gulch priest and Buddhist scholar
  • March 26 - Ari Goldfield and Rose Taylor, Vajrayana Teachers

The Dharma Seminars are an intimate way for Bay Area students to study and practice together.

The evening includes a period of zazen followed by lecture and small and large group discussion generally centered around a classical text. Our emphasis is always on the application of the teachings to daily life, and there are often practices assigned through the week.

Students are asked to commit to attending all meetings in the calendar month.

Suggested donation is $100 for the month.

The seminars are held at the Community Congregational Church in Tiburon.

For more information about the seminars or to enroll, please contact Laura Stillman at 

March 5
Keiryu Liên Shutt received Dharma transmission from Zenkei Blanche Hartman. Born into a Buddhist family in Vietnam, she began her meditation practice in the Insight tradition of Spirit Rock. She was a founding member of the Buddhists of Color in 1998. Her Soto Zen training began at Tassajara monastery where she lived from 2002-2005; after which, she practiced monastically in Japan and Vietnam. While she has placed her trust and faith in Zen, she continues to enjoy the deep silence of Insight practices and has completed retreats in America and Thailand. Drawing from her monastic experiences, she endeavors to share ways in which the deep settledness of traditional practices can be brought into everyday life.

March 12
Yo-On Jeremy Levie currently serves as Head of Practice (Tanto) for Green Dragon Temple at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, where he offers talks, works individually with students, and leads sittings, classes and study groups. Prior to being Tanto, he served as Director at Green Gulch from 2009 to 2012. Having begun Zen practice in 1994, he has practiced in residence at each of San Francisco Zen Center’s three temples over the last 18 years. He was ordained by Eijun Linda Cutts in 2005 and trained as Head Monk (Shuso) in 2009. In addition to his service on the SFZC Board of Directors, Jeremy has also served on the Board of the Marin Interfaith Council. Jeremy studied philosophy and theater at Yale University and trained as a teacher of Motion Theater Improvisation. He continues to be interested in the intersection of Zen practice with Western thought and culture, co-leading retreats on Zen and various arts. He currently lives with his wife, Meg, and daughter, Elizabeth, at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center.

March 19
Jiryu Mark Rutschman-Byler has lived in Zen temples since 1996, primarily at Tassajara and Green Gulch Farm.  In 2002-2003 he trained in temples in Japan, and since 2012 he has been enrolled as a graduate student at UC Berkeley, where he studies the Japanese and Chinese languages as well as East Asian Buddhist doctrine and history with the Group in Buddhist Studies.  His current research centers around Nishiari Bokusan and Kishizawa Ian, mentors of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and major figures in the Soto Zen of early twentieth century Japan.  Jiryu was ordained as a priest in 2002 by Seido Lee deBarros, was shuso in 2008 under the late Myogen Steve Stücky, and studies at present with Sojun Mel Weitsman.  He lives at Green Gulch Farm and is among the leadership of the Buddhadharma Sangha of San Quentin State Prison.

March 26
Rose Taylor Goldfield is a second-generation Buddhist teacher, translator, author, and certified life coach. She studied and practiced under the guidance of the Tibetan master Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, and served as teacher of philosophy, meditation, and yogic movement meditation to Rinpoche's nuns in Nepal and Bhutan. Her new book is Training the Wisdom Body: Tibetan Yogic Exercise (Shambhala Publications). She holds an MA in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies from Naropa University.

Ari Goldfield is a Buddhist teacher, translator, and author. His most recent publication is "The Innate Wisdom of Buddhist Awareness" in The World's Great Wisdom: Timeless Teachings from Religions and Philosophies (SUNY). From 1998-2009, he served as Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche's full-time translator and secretary. He holds a JD from Harvard Law School, and is currently completing a masters degree in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Rose and Ari currently teach internationally from their home base in San Francisco under the auspices of Wisdom Sun, the practice and study community they established in 2011. They are the proud parents of Oliver Robert Goldfield, born in November 2013. 

  • Location

    Community Congregational Church in Tiburon
    145 Rock Hill Dr. Tiburon, CA 94920
  • Date and Time

    Wednesday March 5, 2014,
      7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Wednesday March 12, 2014,
      7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Wednesday March 19, 2014,
      7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Wednesday March 26, 2014,
      7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Cost

    $100 suggested donation