Josh Keido Jiun Bartok

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Greater Boston Zen Center

Rev. Josh Bartok (Keido Jiun Roshi) is the Spiritual Director of the Greater Boston Zen Center, and a member of the GBZC Spiritual Direction Committee, as well as the Soto Zen Buddhist Association and American Zen Teacher’s Association. They are an ordained Dharma heir of James Ishmael Ford, receiving lineages in the Soto Zen tradition of Master Dogen (through Jiyu-Kennett) and in the Harada-Yasutani koan tradition (through Robert Aitken and John Tarrant). They’re also a pastoral counselor / contemplative therapist, and an editor of Dharma books with over twenty years of experience at Wisdom Publications and hundreds of books to their credit. They have a bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science from Vassar College, and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from University of Massachusetts—Boston.

They are the author of I See You, Buddha, an illustrated children’s book based loosely on the Lotus Sutra, and its forthcoming companion I See You, Mara, based loosely on the Samyutta Nikaya. They’re also the author of the popular Daily Wisdom series, which includes Daily Wisdom, More Daily Wisdom, Nightly Wisdom, and Daily Doses of Wisdom; and are the co-author (with Ezra Bayda) of Saying Yes to Life (Even the Hard Parts). Their writing has appeared in Shambhala SunLion’s Roar, and Buddhadharma magazines, as well as (co-authored with their spouse, the psychologist Lizabeth Roemer) The Handbook for Zen and Mindfulness for Behavioral Health Practitioners. Additionally, they’re an abstract expressionist photographer, showing occasionally in Cambridge and Somerville Open Studios events. They live in Cambridge, Mass. See more at