Abby Mushin Terris first began studying Zen in 1976 after practicing Transcendental Meditation for several years. She met Robert Aitken Roshi in 1976 when he visited the Seattle Zen group she sat with. Recognizing him from a significant dream she had had, she attended a period of residential training at his Maui Zendo the following winter and sat several more retreats with Aitken Roshi before settling in with practice Genki Roshi, who had moved to Seattle. Mushin began studying with Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi in 1987. Mushin was named a Dharma Holder by Chozen Bays, Roshi in 2004 and received Sangha Transmission from her in the White Plum lineage of Soto Zen in 2013, becoming her first lay successor. She is on the teacher panel at Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie Oregon and co-leads regular retreats there. She also is a visiting teacher at Zen West in Eugene Oregon. Mushin founded the Corvallis Zen Circle in 1992 and remains the sangha’s guiding teacher. They have recently completed building the Sangha Jewel Zen Center, the first dedicated center for study and practice of the Way in Corvallis, Oregon.
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