Bob has been practicing Zen since 1972 but it was not until 1989 that he found his root teacher, Sojun Mel Weitsman, at Berkeley Zen Center. Bob received lay entrustment in Soto Zen from Sojun in 2010, and founded a Zen group in the Sierra foothills shortly afterwards. Bob is one of the founding members of the Lay Zen Teachers Association. At the invitation of Karen Terzano he has been a visiting teacher at the Ordinary Mind Zen sangha in Finland. In 2019 Bob received denkai from Karen to offer precepts as a teacher within Ordinary Mind Zen. Bob is currently working to develop and Ordinary Mind Zen practice community in Sacramento, California. Bob’s dharma name is Meikyo Onza – “Clear Mirror, Calm Sitting.”
Bob began learning Dayan Qigong from Master Hui Liu in 1990 and was in the first group of teachers authorized by Master Hui Liu. Bob then brought Dayan Qigong to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center’s Health Education program, where it has flourished. At the request of Master Liu Bob taught Dayan Qigong at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. He now carries on Master Liu’s legacy as a senior teacher at the Wen Wu School and offering annual workshops a Kripalu Yoga Center (in Massachusetts) and to his ongoing students in Melbourne, Australia and Lammi, Finland.
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