Sojun Mel Weitsman was invited to start the Berkeley Zendo in 1967 by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. He’s served as the head teacher and Abbot since that time, bringing forth and nurturing the active and flourishing urban center and community that is Berkeley Zen Center. He is now passing on his responsibilities as Abbot to his disciple, Hozan Alan Senauke.
Hozan will be installed as Berkeley Zen Center’s new Abbot in a Mountain Seat Ceremony that will be scheduled for later in the year.
From the Berkeley Zen Center:
The Board of Directors of Berkeley Zen Center, with boundless gratitude, invites you to the Stepping Down Ceremony and Stepping Into Founding Dharma Teacher position for Hakuryu Sojun Mel Weitsman Roshi.
Saturday, October 24 at 3:00pm PT
The ceremony will be livestreamed. Go to the Berkeley Zen Center websiteÂ and click on “Enter the Zendo Now” at the scheduled time.
All are welcome.