About the Teachers

Main Teachers

The course will be led by Robert Thomas and Leo Babauta:

1. Do-On Robert Thomas has been living and practicing at San Francisco Zen Center since 1993. Ordained as a priest in 2000, Robert received Dharma Transmission from Norman Fischer in 2009, and served as the President of Zen Center from 2005-2013. Read more.

2. Leo Babauta is a simplicity blogger & author. He created Zen Habits, a blog with 270,000 subscribers, mnmlist.com, and the best-selling books The Effortless Life, Focus, and The Power of Less.

More Teachers

In addition to Susan and Leo, the course is honored by the writings, videos and talks from some excellent Zen teachers:

  • Zesho Susan O’Connell is a Zen priest, former actress and producer. She is currently the Vice President of San Francisco Zen Center.
  • Marc Lesser is CEO of ZBA Associates LLC, a company providing executive coaching, consulting and keynote speaking services to businesses and non-profits; the author of Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less; and a long-term Zen student and teacher. Read more.
  • Randy Komisar is a Zen practitioner, long-time entrepreneur and Silicon Valley venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a Stanford lecturer, and author of The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living. Read more.
  • Mark Lancaster is a married priest living at City Center. He has practiced at Zen Center since 1988. He received dharma transmission from Michael Wenger in 2006.
  • Shokan Jordan Thorn has been a student at Zen Center for 30 years. Ordained by Richard Baker in 1977, he lives at City Center. He has lived at all three practice centers, has served in a variety of roles on senior staff and as an officer, and was shuso at Tassajara. He served as City Center Tanto (Head of Practice) and became SF Zen Center’s Treasurer/CFO in September 2011.
  • Lisa Hoffman is a Zen priest and coach and consultant with 25 years of experience working with non-profit organizations. Lisa integrates compassion and awareness practices as she teaches mindfulness and meditation to groups and offers spiritual guidance to individuals. Lisa’s passion is to offer classic teachings in ways that are relevant and helpful to the complexities and challenges of 21st century life, from navigating complicated relationships with ourselves and others, to handling 24/7 communications and information overload.