SZBA Board Member Profiles

Posted in news on November 27th, 2016

The Board of the SZBA leads the organization, develops and finalizes policy decisions, represents the membership, and gives thought to future directions for the organization.

The Board seeks to embody a balance of various factors including gender, lineage, geography and approach to training.

The Board members of the SZBA include:


Senauke, Hozan

Hozan Alan Senauke (President)

Berkeley, CA

Hozan Alan Senauke serves as vice-abbot of Berkeley Zen Center, where he has lived with his wife Laurie for nearly thirty years. Hozan is founder of the Clear View Project, developing Buddhist-based resources for relief and social change in Burma and India. For years he was executive director of Buddhist Peace Fellowship and remains active in BPF as Senior Advisor. Alan is also on the International Network of Engaged Buddhists’ Advisory Council. In another realm, Alan has been a close student and active performer of American traditional music for fifty years.


Tenku Ruff

Tenku Ruff (Vice-president)

New York, NY

Tenku trained in Zen monasteries in Japan and North America. She ordained as a priest under Tessai Yamamoto Roshi, Abbot of Kannonji Temple in Morioka, Japan and received dharma transmission in the same lineage. Tenku holds a Master of Divinity degree from Maitripa College and she is also a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC). Tenku has interests in ethics, chaplaincy, and inter-Buddhist / interfaith dialogue.


Ford, James

James Myoun Ford (Secretary)


James Myoun Ford was ordained a Soto Zen priest and received Dharma transmission from Houn Jiyu Kennett. He also completed the Harada Yasutani koan curriculum and received Inka Shomei from John Nanryu Tarrant. James is one of the founding teachers of the Boundless Way Zen network of sanghas, currently mostly in New England, and was elected its founding abbot. He is also an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and currently serves as senior minister of the First Unitarian Church in Providence, Rhode Island. James is the author of five books, one, Zen Master Who? is a history of Zen Buddhism in North America, and another, the Book of Mu, edited with Melissa Myozen Blacker is a study of the “gateway” koan Mu. His most recent book is If You’re Lucky, Your Heart Will Break: Field Notes from a Zen Life.


Franz, Koun

Koun Franz

Nova Scotia

Koun Franz was born in Helena, Montana, but has spent more than half of his adult life in Japan. He was ordained in 2001, then trained at Zuioji and Shogoji monasteries. From 2006 to 2010, he served as resident priest of the Anchorage Zen Community in Alaska (some of his talks from that time can be found here). Koun and his family now live in Canada (Halifax, Nova Scotia), where he leads practice at Zen Nova Scotia and works for Buddhadharma magazine.


Mocine, Mary

Zenki Mary Mocine

Vallejo, CA

Mary Mocine has been a Zen priest since 1994. A Lawyer for 18 years, Mary practiced legal aid, a bit of criminal defense, plaintiffs’ personal injury and labor law. She had her own practice in Oakland for many years. Mary has taught lawyers at mindfulness retreats at Tassajara and at Spirit Rock. She has led a dharma support group for lawyers for many years. Mary likes to work with lawyers because she knows first-hand the challenges and joys of law practice and because she speaks both “languages,” law practice and dharma practice. California Lawyer magazine has published Mary’s essays and they are available at the law dharma button on her temple website, Mary is now the abbess at the Vallejo Zen Center, which she founded in 2000, on leaving the San Francisco Zen Center.


Boulder Mountain Zendo - Diane Musho Hamilton 2

Diane Musho Hamilton

Salt Lake City, Utah

Diane has been a practitioner of meditation for almost 30 years. Diane began her studies at Naropa University in 1983 with Choygam Trungpa Rinpoche, and became a Zen student of Genpo Roshi’s in 1997. In 2003, she received ordination as a Zen monk with her husband Michael Zimmerman, and received dharma transmission from Roshi in 2006. Diane facilitates Big Mind Big Heart, a process developed by Genpo Roshi to help elicit the insights of Zen in Western audiences. She has worked with Ken Wilber and the Integral Institute since 2004.  For her, Zen practice is a fundamental commitment to experiencing reality as it is — beautiful, ungraspable and seamless, nothing other than your own life. It is also a practice in fearlessness, in compassion, and in seeing the wisdom in all situations and greeting them with a joyous mind.


Jyoshin Clay

Portland, OR

Jyoshin Clay began practicing at Dharma Rain Zen Center in 2001. She was ordained by Kyogen Carlson in 2008 and spent three months at Zen Mountain Monastery in New York in the fall of 2011. She is currently working on an M.Div degree from Maitripa College in Portland. Jyoshin’s interests include ceremony and ritual studies, and the use of form as a training tool. She enjoys facilitating small group talks and discussions.

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