This talk will touch on some teachings of Hakuryu Sojun Weitsman, Abbot of Berkeley Zen Center and San Francisco Zen Center (at the same time), who died three years ago on this day. He was the teacher of our founder Shunbo Zenkei Hartman and the dharma grandfather of all of AZC’s guiding teachers up to now. It will draw on a new book about his life and teachings. A fundamental question arises: how does the ‘family style’ of a particular lineage of Zen arise, how is it preserved and yet changes? Everyone welcome.
Choro Antonaccio began formal Zen practice at Chapel Hill Zen Center in 1999. She received lay precepts from her teacher, Rev. Josho Patricia Phelan, in 2001 and priest ordination in 2010. She was shuso in Chapel Hill in 2016. Rev. Choro has practiced at the three temples of San Francisco Zen Center including practice periods at Tassajara and Green Gulch Farm. In Chapel Hill she served for multiple years in the positions of Tenzo, Work Leader, and Ino and also served as member at large and president of the board of directors. She decided to end her career in academia in 2018 and moved to Austin to practice with the sangha at AZC in 2020.