Sojun Mel Weitsman

Senior Dharma Teacher
Sojun Mel Weitsman

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. In 1984, he received Dharma Transmission from Suzuki Roshi's son, Hoitsu Suzuki Roshi. From 1988 to 1997, he was Co-Abbot of San Francisco Zen Center. He teaches at all three SFZC temples and continues as Abbot of Berkeley Zen Center.