Jiryu Mark Rutschman-Byler is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. He lives and practices currently at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center with his family, and is also a co-leader of the Buddhadharma Sangha at San Quentin State Prison. He has lived in temples and monasteries in the U.S. and Japan since the age of twenty, 1996, was ordained a priest in 2002 with Seido Lee deBarros, served as shuso in 2008 under the late Myōgen Steve Stücky, and received Dharma Transmission in 2014 from Sojun Mel Weitsman. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley (2014), where he worked on Japanese and Chinese Buddhism under the mentorship of the Group in Buddhist Studies.
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