Guest Speaker: Kuzan Peter Schireson

Kuzan Peter Schireson is the teacher of the Saturday morning Big Pond Zen and Interfaith Meditation group in Fresno, California and Practice Leader at Empty Nest Zendo in the Sierra Foothills. He was ordained as a Lay Teacher by Sojun Mel Weitsman of Berkeley Zen Center in 2003 and as a Soto Zen priest by Chikudo Lew Richmond of Vimala Zen Center in 2008 and received Dharma Transmission from Lew in 2012. Peter was originally introduced to practice by Joshu Sasaki Roshi in 1964 and has practiced since then in the Suzuki Roshi lineage in California as well as in the Rinzai koan tradition with Keido Fukushima Roshi, the now retired abbot of Tofuku-ji Monastery in Kyoto, Japan.

Peter earned his Bachelor’s at the University of California, Berkeley,his Master’s at the University of Victoria, and his Doctorate at Harvard University. After ten years as a teacher and school district administrator, Peter had a long business career in consulting, high technology, and most recently in market research as Chairman of Schireson Associates, Inc.. He is the husband of Myoan Grace Schireson, Abbess of Central Valley Zen Foundation and author of Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters. He is especially interested in Zen practice as it arises in and enlivens everyday life in the world. Peter is a grandfather, and a writer whose poems and other writings have been published both online and in print.

Kuzen Shireson's Website
http://kuzanzen.org/

Empty Nest Zendo
http://www.emptynestzendo.org/

Date: Nov 14, 2012 (Wed)
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Location: Kannon Do Zen Meditation Center, 1972 Rock Street, Mountain View, CA 94043