Bruce Seiryu Blackman is a Zen teacher in the White Plum lineage established by Taizan Maezumi-roshi. He began meditation practice in 1981 and trained several years in Southeast Asia with Sr Elaine MacInnes-roshi of the Sanbo Kyodan, and later with the Diamond Sangha of Robert Aitken-roshi. In 1996 Bruce became a student of Sr Janet Richardson-roshi and joined Clare Sangha. He was named a dharma holder in 2001 and received transmission from Richardson-roshi in 2004. He received the precepts (jukai) in 2008, and empowerment as a lay preceptor (denkai) in 2012. Bruce is a storyteller in the koan tradition: Stories that correspond help to reduce the gravity and lighten us up, sensei says of their value in Zen training. His dharma name is Seiryu (“clear stream”).
Bruce worked 25 years in East Asia, Latin America, and the senior foreign service, specializing in economic program development. Fluent in Spanish, he received master’s degrees from UC Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University. Since 1995, he has transported special needs children to school, and worked with a restorative justice agency – on the board and in the jails teaching emotional awareness and yoga/meditation to inmates. Blackman-sensei was also elected to the board of an international adoption agency. He and his wife, Joan, reside in Northern Virginia.
Dharma Teacher: Roshi Janet Jinne Richardson
Description of Group Bruce Leads
The Zen Community of Baltimore/Clare Sangha consists of people from all walks of life and various religious backgrounds who come together regularly to support and strengthen one another in their Zen practice. Our common purpose is to cultivate wisdom and compassion. ZCB is affiliated with the White Plum Asanga and a member of the Zen Peacemakers Sangha.
Sensei Rose Mary Myoan Dougherty is a member of an international community of vowed religious women whose call today is to hear the cries of the earth and its people and respond compassionately. She has offered workshops, retreats, and spiritual guidance in the contemplative tradition in interfaith settings for over thirty years. She began her Zen studies with Charlotte Joko Beck and is dharma heir of Janet Jinne Richardson, Roshi. She completed the End of Life Counseling Program at Meta Institute in California. She volunteers at a hospice for the homeless in Washington, D.C., and offers retreats and workshops for hospice caregivers, especially through the program Companioning the Dying: Opening Fully to Living, which she co-directs. As a sensei in the White Plum Asanga, she teaches Zen meditation at Silver Spring Zendo/One Heart Sangha in Silver Spring, Maryland, and in other settings.