Kanzan David Zimmerman has been practicing Zen for 20 years and was ordained by Rev. Teah Strozer in 2006. Having spent eight years at Tassajara, where he held a number of positions including guest manager, meditation hall manager and director, he now lives at City Center where he is Program Director. He also served as Head Monk (Shuso) at Tassajara Winter of 2010 and as Zen Center Corporate Secretary prior to joining the programming department. David currently serves on the SFZC Diversity and Multiculturalism Committee, is a co-facilitator of Queer Dharma, and supports Dr. Lee Lipp with classes and workshops on "Transforming Depression and Anxiety."
Academic and Training background: BA University of Colorado, Boulder (Humanities); Certificate of Zen Ministry, Shogaku Zen Institute/Zen Priest Training Seminary (three-year program).
David has regularly led retreats, workshops and classes at SFZC and other Dharma centers since 2010, particularly on Transforming Depression and Anxiety with Dr. Lee Lipp, Zen and Yoga, and offerings of interest to the LGBTQ community.