Brian Marshall’s path to Zen Buddhism and San Francisco Zen Center has been a self-reflective journey over many years. From his first experience during a stay at a Zen monastery in Japan in the 1990s to commencing a daily zazen practice 10 years ago, a common theme has emerged: Brian’s devotion to Zen strengthens each year.
Brian graduated with a BS in Japanese with a concentration in finance from Georgetown University. He has had a diverse finance career spanning more than two decades, including leadership roles at several top investment banks and hedge funds. Recently he was part of a management team that took a high-growth software company public. These experiences have afforded Brian a unique financial/strategic skillset that he hopes to use to serve the sangha.
As a trail runner and lover of nature, he is extremely concerned with the lack of “connectedness” between society and the planet today. Brian believes that Zen Buddhism has the power to unite all beings and continues to deepen his commitment to SFZC. He strives to increase his attendance at early morning zazen at the Beginner’s Mind Temple and one day practice in full lotus position.