Abbot of the Zen Mountain Monastery, kindly agreed to join the Middle Way advisory committee in April, 2018. His deep commitment to the dharma and his great love of education will help inform our path as we develop a new model of education. We are profoundly grateful. Shugen received dharma transmission from Daido Roshi in 1997. He is head of the Mountains and River Order and abbot of both Zen Center of New York City and Zen Mountain Monastery. He has been in full-time residential training since 1986, before which he studied music and mathematics. His teachings have appeared in various Buddhist journals and in The Best Buddhist Writing 2009.