Reb Anderson, Tenshin Roshi is a lineage-holder in the Soto Zen tradition.
Born in Mississipi, he grew up in Minnesota and left advanced study in
mathematics and Western psychology to come to Zen Center in 1967. He practiced with Suzuki Roshi, who ordained him as a priest
in 1970 and gave him the name Tenshin Zenki ("Naturally Real, The Whole Works").
He received dharma transmission in 1983 and served as abbot of San Francisco Zen Center's
three training centers (City Center, Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center) from 1986 to 1995. Tenshin Roshi continues to teach at Zen Center,
living with his friends and family at Green Gulch Farm.
He is author of "Warm Smiles from Cold Mountains: Dharma Talks on Zen Meditation" and "Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the
Bodhisattva Precepts" and "The Third Turning of the Wheel: Wisdom of the Samdhinirmocana Sutra".