Sojun Mel Weitsman began practice at the old Sokoji Temple in San Francisco in 1964 with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. He received priest ordination from Suzuki Roshi in 1969 at Berkeley Zendo which he founded in 1967 with Suzuki Roshi's blessing. He was shuso at Tassajara in 1970 with Tatsugami Roshi and director of Tassajara from 1972-1973. In 1984, he received dharma transmission from Suzuki Roshi's son, Hoitsu Suzuki Roshi. In 1985, he was installed as abbot of Berkeley Zen Center
; in 1988 he was installed as co-abbot of San Francisco Zen Center. His tenure as abbot at SFZC ended in January 1997. He is currently a San Francisco Zen Center senior dharma teacher and continues as Abbot of Berkeley Zen Center.