Teachers

Head Teachers

Grace SchiresonMyoan Grace Schireson

Myoan Grace Schireson is a Dharma Heir in the Suzuki Roshi lineage and a co-founder of ZCF. She is also the founder and Abbess of Empty Nest Zendo in North Fork, California. Grace has trained in the U.S. and Japan in both Soto and Rinzai Zen traditions. She is author of Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters.

Peter SchiresonKuzan Peter Schireson

Kuzan Peter Schireson is a Dharma Heir in the Suzuki Roshi lineage and a co-founder of ZCF. Peter has trained in the U.S and Japan in Soto and Rinzai Zen and is especially interested in how Zen practice can be transplanted to the U.S. in a way that informs and enriches everyday life.

Supporting Priests and Teachers

  • Rev. Homyo Norm Gustafson
  • Rev. Soshin Bruce Jewell

Central Valley Zen Foundation

The Central Valley Zen Foundation (CVZF) is a non-profit religious organization devoted to the teaching and practice of Zen Buddhism. The Foundation is funded by tax deductible donations and currently supportsfour Zen practice groups in California’s Central Valley: Empty Nest Zen Group in North Fork, Valley Heartland Zen Group in Modesto, Zen Center of Fresno, and Modesto Zen Buddhist Recovery Group. CVZF was founded by Abbess Myoan Grace Schireson.

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