Laurie started formal Zen practice in 1980 at San Francisco Zen Center; she worked at Greens Restaurant back in the day, and lived at Tassajara for three years. In 1989 she married Hozan Alan Senauke, moved to Berkeley Zen Center, and raised their two children. After several years of intense focus on child-rearing, she gradually returned to more involvement in formal practice. She served as Shuso (Head Student) at BZC in 2003 and received Lay Recognition in 2006. In April 2018, she was ordained as a Zen priest by Daito Steven Weintraub who gave her the name Kosei Nyokai – Radiant Vow, Suchness Ocean. She practices hypnotherapy and co-leads “Write What You Don’t Know” retreats at Tassajara and Green Gulch. She was editor of Windbell
for three years, assisted in writing/editing two Zen Center-related books, and was a contributor to Dharma Family Treasures
and The Hidden Lamp.