Myoko Koshi, Mark Bykoski Memorial Bench & Garden

In Memory of our dear friend Mark Bykoski, who passed from this world on May 18th, 2021.

Myoko Koshi – Bright Ancient Kindness Intention

明 古 厚 志

November 8th, 1966 – May 18th, 2021

With the recent passing of our Dharma brother Mark Bykoski, we have taken up a collection for a memorial bench to be placed in a future on-site memorial garden honoring departed sangha members & supporters. There are multiple ways to contribute to this intention:

  1. We are looking for folks who are interested in joining a planning group to determine logistics and resources.
  2. We are fundraising for the purchase of a memorial bench in Mark’s name.

We believe that the creation of such a memorial space in honor and commemoration of AZC sangha members & supporters who have passed will bring great benefit to our sangha and beyond, and look forward to creating a nurturing and contemplative outdoor space for all to benefit from. We believe Mark would have strongly supported such an endeavor!

Thank you in advance of your participation and/or donation.

About Mark:

It is with deep sadness to announce the recent passing of our beloved Dharma brother, Mark Bykoski. As many of you may know, Mark had been struggling with metastasized cancer for the past year and a half. Over the past couple of months, Mark’s disease progressed, and he was in and out of the hospital for treatment. Some of you may have seen him at our recent Saturday Morning Program, where he zoomed in from his hospital bed, embodying his usual good-natured humor and warmth.

Mark started losing energy rapidly last week after returning from the hospital to his home in Austin, and passed away peacefully on Tuesday – thankfully surrounded by good friends, and with his cat Emma in his lap. He is survived by his mother and younger sister in Maryland, his uncle in Ohio, as well as a rich and vast network of beings who were fortunate enough to have had their lives touched by Mark’s tremendous kindness, loyalty, humor, and compassion.

A number of sangha friends have come together in memory and honor of Mark, including:

  • Kim Mosley has collected some of Mark’s contributions to Just This – Zen Journal from the weekly Zen Writing Group, and is gathering stories, photos, and other reflections about Mark. Kim may be contacted HERE.
  • Pat Yingst organized a gathering to make origami cranes together for the memorial service, an activity which delighted Mark. We were able to produce hundreds of cranes together in loving memory of Mark.
  • The Memorial Ceremony was held in the side yard at Austin Zen Center on Tuesday, May 25th. Please feel free to Download the Program from the ceremony. If you would like to see/hear the recording of the ceremony, please contact Julie Strahan for the link.
Mark’s Home Altar


May Mark find peace, contentment, and freedom in his transition from this world into the vast and tender radiance of the Buddha’s Compassion and Wisdom.

In gratitude for Mark, his friends & family, and his wholehearted practice of the Buddhadharma,
Rev. Doshin Mako Voelkel

Donations towards a memorial bench and garden are greatly appreciated:

Read more about AZC’s Special Ceremony Services HERE, and about Sōtō Zen (and Japanese) memorials HERE.