Dojin Sarah Emerson, head priest. Dōjin Sarah’s formal practice in Soto Zen began in 1996, and she lived and trained at Tassajara Zen Mountain center and other sites of the San Francisco Zen Center from 1997-2007. She received Dharma Transmission from Abbott Konjin Gaelyn Godwin of the Houston Zen Center in 2015. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies- and has worked in the fields mental health and pastoral care with children and adults. As a priest in the U.S., Sarah is committed to centering anti-racist practice. She experiences Bodhisattva Zen practice as uniquely supportive to inquiring into, challenging and transforming systems of oppression, particularly racial inequities and the harm they cause within convert Buddhist sanghas and in U.S. society generally. Sarah has also worked for many years in grief support- clinically, pastorally, and in community- specializing in ceremonies for child loss. She lives with her partner, Charlie Pokorny (see below), their children (who are her most profound and constant teachers) and numerous pets in Sonoma County, CA.
Korin Charlie Pokorny, head priest. Korin was ordained as a priest by Reb Anderson in 1999. He practiced as a resident at Tassajara and Green Gulch Farm for 12 years, including serving as tenzo and director at Tassajara. He holds a master’s degree from Stanford University in Religious Studies, and currently teaches at the Institute of Buddhist Studies.