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Welcome to New Board Members

We are pleased to welcome five newly elected members to the San Francisco Zen Center Board. We are grateful for their willingness to join the board and to bring their experience and practice to the oversight of San Francisco Zen Center.



Albert Kutchins has been a Zen student—and a member of San Francisco Zen Center—since the mid-1980s. He has sat sesshin, cut vegetables and cleaned bathrooms at all three of the Zen Center temples. He completed four monastic training periods at Tassajara, all led by his teacher, Tenshin Reb Anderson-roshi, and a pilgrimage / practice period in Japan, at Rinso-in, led by Hoitsu Suzuki-roshi and Zengyu Paul Discoe. Recently, he had the honor, privilege and delight of serving as shuso for the Fall 2012 practice period at Green Gulch, led by Abiding Abbess Eijun Linda Ruth Cutts. He has received the precepts, as a lay person, from both Tenshin-roshi and Hoitsu-roshi.
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I completed Establishing the Path of Practice in 2009, which was an experience that not only deepened my practice but made me want to find a way to be more deeply involved in the sangha. Consequently I enrolled in the one year Leadership Program, which gave me the opportunity to begin to understand the structure of our organization and some of the issues that we are currently facing.
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I first came to San Francisco Zen Center seeking a religious practice for my family. I wanted my sons to learn firsthand the role that meditation and spirituality can play in daily life. What I discovered, although I hadn’t meant to, was a spiritual practice for myself.
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I live at Green Dragon Temple and am the current Guest Program Manager at Green Gulch. Born and raised in Germany I graduated from college as a teacher for German literature and politics. I also graduated as a metal designer from an Arts and Craft College in Cologne and had a career as a jewelry designer in the '80s.
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I'm the Strategic Partnerships Director at We Are What We Do, a global not-for-profit behavior change agency. I'm helping to build an open ecosystem of historical data across libraries, archives, and museums worldwide through my work with our Historypin project and as the co-founder of the International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives & Museum Summit. I lead Historypin's US projects, creating innovative ways for people to build community around local history.
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