Domyo Burk

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Bright Way Zen

Domyo Burk studied and worked as a wildlife biologist before beginning Zen practice at Dharma Rain Zen Center (DRZC) in 1996. She spent five years practicing intensively as a lay person, and then was ordained as a Zen monk in 2001 by Gyokuko Carlson Roshi. The first seven years of Domyo’s monastic training were spent in full-time residential practice at DRZC except for a practice period at Tassajara monastery in California and time practicing at Great Vow Zen Monastery in Oregon.

In October 2010, Domyo Sensei received transmission (authorization to teach in the Soto Zen lineage) from Gyokuko Carlson Roshi. She was a full-time staff member at DRZC from 2000 until the fall of 2011, when she resigned in order to focus her Dharma work on Bright Way Zen.

Domyo Sensei regards both Gyokuko Carlson Roshi and Kyogen Carlson Roshi, founders and co-abbots of Dharma Rain Zen Center, as her teachers. Her training at Dharma Rain gave her a profound respect for both lay and priest practice, and a passionate curiosity about how to inspire and support deep Zen practice in the midst of lay life.

Domyo currently lives in southeast Portland with her husband, John Burk, a classical radio program director and announcer at All Classical KQAC. Their lives are enriched by Ursula, an African Grey parrot, Curly, a cockapoo, and Sukha, a one-of-kind terrier mix. The dogs regularly join practice at Bright Way. Domyo helps support herself and her family by writing (she authored the new edition of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Zen Living, due out in January 2014) and by serving as the Administrative Coordinator of the SZBA (see below).

Domyo participated in the SZBA Dharma Heritage Ceremony in October 2012 and was a member of the SZBA Board of Directors from 2007 until 2013.