New Members 2011
Fred Jitsudo Ancheta  

kc Alfred Jitsudo Ancheta, one of twelve Dharma Successors of Maezumi Roshi, is a teacher of traditional Zen practice. Being a Dharma Successor of Bernie Glassman (Tetsugen Roshi) as well, he works to promote peace and interfaith understanding, in conjunction with the worldwide Zen Peacemaker Order based in Massachusetts. Over the last several years, Jitsudo has also developed a practice in the arts as a woodblock printmaker, and a designer/carver of signature “chops” or seals. He lives and works in a family compound in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Carl Genjo Bachman


My first contact with Zen was at the Zen Studies Society in NYC in the early 1970's. I later joined Roshi Bernie at the Zen Community of New York in Riverdale. During this time I married and had a son. While continuing to sit, attend retreats, and co-lead the Clear Mountain Zen Group in Montclair NJ, I devoted myself to family life and developing a career in social work. I recieved an MSW from Rutgers University and susequently became a licensed Clinical Social Worker.

From the mid 1990's through the persent I have worked in the field of public welfare running proprams for, and working with, homeless individuals and families. I have also maintained a private practice specializing in trauma and grief counseling.

About ten years ago I rededicated myself to zen practice studying with Roshi Robert Kennedy at Still Mind Zendo in Jersey City. In December 2010 Roshi transmitted the Dharma to me.

Zen has helped me experience the intimacy of not knowing, allowing me to live a more connected and open hearted life.  I have also learned that insight is not enough, that I must learn to live with emotional clarity as well. In this regard, I am interested in finding ways that will support a healthy integration of both the spiritual and emotional aspects of ourselves so that we can become more fully functioning human beings.
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Gary Myogen Koan Janka  

Koan began his Zen Practice at ZCLA in March of 1973 as a result of a talk given at U.C. Santa Barbara by Sensei Daishin Buksbazen.  Residing at the time in Santa Barbara, he commuted to ZCLA at least once a month for interview, sesshin and special events.

He received Jukai in August of 1982 from Maezumi, Roshi and received Tokudo from Egyoku Nakao, Roshi in November, 1998, and moved to the Center as a full-time resident in order to intensify his practice and studies with Egyoku Roshi in 2003.  He received Denkai in July of 2006 and became a Dharma Holder (Hoshi) in August of the same year.  On the 16th of October of this year, 2010, he received Dharma Transmission (Denbo) from Egyoku Roshi at ZCLA.

Nine full bows of gratitude
to all my teachers and

Koan serves as the Steward of the Angulimala Prison Circle, a small group of volunteers who serve as Buddhist Chaplains in the Los Angeles County Jails and the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo.  He also serves as the Resident Steward and Co-Steward of the Zendo.

Prior to becoming a full-time resident at the Center, Koan had a full, forty-five year career in management and organizational work.  Roughly half was in banking, serving in various mid-level management rolls including Auditor, Director of Human Resources and Corporate Controller.  For eighteen years Koan had his own organizational consulting company and served a wide range of client companies.  Just prior to moving to the Center, he served one year as the General Manager of the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico and two years as the Executive Director of the Peacemaker Community under Roshi Bernie Glassman.

Educationally, Koan received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, specializing in social research methodology in 1974.  Later, in 1997, he received a Doctor of Philosophy in Human & Organizational Behavior from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Family has also figured prominently in his life.  Married for many years, he has three sons and two grandchildren.  
Last but not least, in his spare time, Koan likes to plant and care for trees, mostly in the public domain.  He serves as a Volunteer Forester for the Santa Barbara City Parks Department, caring for a fifty-five acre open space.  He also plants and maintains street trees in the neighborhood around the Center.

Al Genkai Kazniak  

AnrakuAl has been a zen practitioner and student of Roshi Joan Halifax for several years, receiving Denbo in May of 2010. He presently serves as teacher for the Tucson Upaya Sangha in Tucson, AZ. Al received his Ph.D. in clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1976, and completed an internship in clinical neuropsychology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. He is currently Director of Clinical Neuropsychology, Director of the Arizona Alzheimer's Consortium Education Core, and a professor in the departments of psychology, neurology, and psychiatry at The University of Arizona. He is also serving as Chief Academic Officer for the Mind & Life Institute in Boulder, CO. His scientific research, published in over 150 journal articles, chapters and books, has been supported by grants from the NIH, NIMH, and several private foundations. This work has focused on the neuropsychology of Alzheimer's disease and other age-related neurological disorders, memory self-monitoring, the biological bases of emotion, and emotion response and regulation in short- and long-term Zen and mindfulness meditators. He has been married to Mary Ellen Beaurain for the past 38 years, and they have two wonderful adult children, Jesse (Portland, OR) and Ellie (Guatemala and Seattle, WA) and one joyful granddaughter, Ariya.

(pictured here with Roshi Joan and Sensei Beate --he is on the left)

Julie Myoko Terestman  

julieI grew up in New York City where I was born in 1959. My Zen practice history began when I first arrived at the Village Zendo in 1992. Immediately upon meeting Roshi Enkyo O’Hara and Sensei Joshin O’Hara knew I had found my spiritual home. In February 2011 I received Denbo and Denkai from Roshi Enkyo O'Hara, in August 2008 I was named a Dharma Holder, and in August 2001 received Tokudo. I also manage the Zendo Shop and participate in the Zendo’s prison meditation program at Sing Sing Correctional Facility.

I set up a studio in Jersey City where I’ve been working as a potter since 1989. I teach ceramics at various schools around the city– Greenwich House Pottery, Kingsborough Community College, and the 63rd St YMCA. You can see my work at

Bonnie Myotai Treace  

founded Hermitage Heart and the Bodies of Water Society. Her teaching home is  Gristmill Hermitage in Garrison, New York.

Sensei was for almost two decades Vice-Abbess of Zen Mountain Monastery, one of the largest Zen monasteries the West. She also established the Zen Center of New York City, and served as its first Abbess. Over the years she has led over 500 retreats, conferences, and workshops and is particularly known for her work in women's spirituality, poetry (Snapshot Poetics, with Allen Ginsberg; Writer's Island), and koan study . Sensei's teaching now focuses on water and personal (hermitage -style) meditation practices that foster resilience and clarity. She has advanced degrees in literature and hydromechanics, and holds current EPA Watershed Management certification. For her most recent published work , see: Water and Its Spiritual Significance (Fons Vitae Press). Her global initiative The Water Mala now supports people on five continents in individual spiritual life and community action. 

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Peter Seishin Wohl  

My formal practice of Zen began in about 1985. At that time I was living in Vermont and began to practice with the Zen Mountain Monastery affiliate group in Burlington, VT, as well as travelling to Zen Mountain Monastery on occasion. In about 1987 I formally because a student of Daido Roshi (then Sensei), and did Jukai with Daido in 1991.

My relationship with ZMM ended in 1995 when I moved to Arizona for four years. Returning to Maine in 1999, it was several years before I found the Treetop sangha and the Barragatos. I began practice at Treetop in 2003. In 2005 I took Tokudo and Denkai and Denbo followed in 2008.

Currently I am employed as the Director of Outpatient Services at Crisis & Counseling Centers in Augusta, ME. I am anticipating retirement as the opportunity to be able to devote more of my life to teaching Zen. However, with a son who will be starting college next year, that will have to be postponed for a while.

One of my interests has been in uniting Zen and Deep Ecology. As a Registered Maine Guide, I have put together a series of experiences in the Maine woods and waters that unite zazen, ecopsychology exercises and the principles of Deep Ecology to open participants to the intimate experience of the natural world.

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