Kyoshin Wendy Lewis has been practicing at Zen Center since 1987, including living for six years at Tassajara. She served twice as shuso, once as a lay practitioner and again as a priest. She was ordained by Sojun Mel Weitsman in 1997 and completed Dharma Transmission with Eijun Linda Cutts in December 2012. Through her interest in extended priest training, she participated in a one-year chaplain training program at UCSF Medical Center and completed a Masters of Theology at the University of San Francisco. She has held senior staff and administrative positions at Zen Center as well as working as the Web Editor. She is Dean of the Zen Center School in the Central Abbess/Abbot's Department.
Academic and Training background: BA Lone Mountain College (now a part of USF); Certificate of Completion UCSF Medical Center one year CPE/chaplaincy training; Masters of Theology, University of San Francisco. Through a program at Lone Mountain, studied for a year at Oxford.
Wendy has taught and continues to teach classes at San Francisco Zen Center and co-led a six-week practice period focusing on the Six Perfections. She was one of the teachers for the 2013-2014 Contemplative Caregiver Course and is one of the teachers for the 2014-2015 EPP-Establishing the Path of Practice program. She managed the Sewing Room, making meditation cushions, zabutons, and oryoki cloths, and learned how to make priest robes. She is also a qualified teacher of ordination sewing.