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Stewards of ZCLA

The Center's Mandala is composed of Circles, which attend to specific areas important to the Center's mission and vision. Each Circle has its own statement of purpose and a Steward that assists in its functioning. Working effectively with a view of the whole, and of how our actions affect the whole, are keys to how our Center operates. In addition, every member is regarded as a steward.

The Circles within the Buddha Families are:

buddha SPHERE

Abbot and Head Teacher - Roshi Wendy Egyoku Nakao

Temple Co-Director -- Darla Myoho Fjeld

Temple Co-Director -- Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen



Teachers Circle

The TC attends to all matters pertaining to teaching and the development of teachers. Steward: Roshi Egyoku

For the Statement of Ethics for ZCLA Teachers, click here.

Priest Circle

The Priest Circle, comprised of all Zen priests training at Great Dragon Mountain, trains in priest functions, councils together, and explores the role of a priest.

resource sphere

Board of Directors

The Board attends to the finances, legal matters, and resource development necessary to support the Center's vision and programs.

Roshi Wendy Egyoku Nakao, Abbot
Patti Muso Giggans President
Betsy Enduring-Vow Brown, Secretary

John Plum-Hermit Swanger, Recording Secretary
Tom Dharma-Joy Reichert, Treasurer & CFO
Members: Darla Myoho Fjeld, Bob Swan, Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen

relationship sphere

Buddha Hand Circle

The BHC attends to the admission, orientation, reviews, and leave-taking of resident trainees. Steward: Betsy Enduring-Vow Brown

HEAR Circle -- Steward Ellen Reigen Ledley

Resident Steward

Resident Steward, Reeb Kaizen Venners, attends to matters pertaining to developing and maintaining a viable resident training community.

Shared Stewardship Circle

The SSC attends to the development of shared stewardship as a training and governance model and holds councils on sangha concerns. Co-Stewards: Darla Myoho Fjeld and Deb Faith-Mind Thoresen

service sphere

Brown-Green Circle

The BGG attends to environmental and ecological matters of concern to the Center. Steward: Diane True-Joy Fazio

Social Action Loving Action (SALA) Circle

SALA organizes various projects throughout the year such as volunteering at the LA Food Bank, Guest Speakers on Hunger, neighborhood clean-ups, etc. Co-Stewards:  Tom Yudo Burger and George Mukei Horner.

The Health Circle

The Health Circle attends and responds to  issues of, wellness, sickness, aging and dying within the sangha membership.  Health Circle Steward: Penelope Luminous Heart Thompson

Incarceration Outreach

ZCLA has volunteers who serve in the jails and prisons.


Stewardship reports are found in the Members Area.

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