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Sojun Mel Weitsman

Sojun Mel Weitsman is Abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center, and a former Abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center. He began practice with Suzuki Roshi in 1964, and was ordained as a priest in 1969. He received dharma transmission from Suzuki’s son Gyugaku Hoitsu Roshi in 1984. He has led many practice periods, ordained many students, given dharma transmission to a number of priests, and enjoys spreading Suzuki Roshi’s teaching.  He especially welcomes beginners.