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Roger Hillyard

Living in the neighborhood around City Center when it first was established in the late 1960s, it only took me 40 years and many miles traveled to get through the front door. Long a student of spiritual pursuits and community-based activities, from the moment I came to Zen Center it felt like home. I began practicing in 2007 and received jukai from Shosan Victoria Austin in 2009. Since 2010 I have served as her jiko.

After a career involved with macrobiotics and the natural foods movement, I opened and ran an early coffeehouse known by its motto: "community in a cup." I was a founder and member of the Santa Cruz Community Credit Union and also the Potrero Merchants Association. Three years ago I retired and became a full-time practitioner and resident of City Center. As a member of the board, I hope to help blend the concerns and practice of those living here with the greater sangha.