photo by Nitanth Raj

Koji began practicing Zen at the age of twenty at the San Francisco Zen Center. From 2003 to 2011 he was a student and staff member at each of SFZC’s residential practice centers (City Center, Green Gulch Farm, and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center). He was ordained as a Buddhist priest in 2008 by Rev. Koshō McCall at Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India. In 2011 he co-founded the Mid City Zen Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. He’s also served regularly as visiting teacher at the Austin Zen Center. Koji received authorization to teach independently from Rev. Koshō McCall in 2019. He is a lineage holder in the Sōtō Zen tradition as handed down by Shunryū Suzuki Rōshi and Zenkei Blanche Hartman Rōshi.

In addition to practicing with teachers of the Zen tradition, Koji has also studied with many great teachers of Tibetan Buddhism including Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi, Jon Landaw, and Rob Preece. In 2014, Koji studied modern postural yoga at the Sivananda Ashram in Val-Morin, Quebec. His diverse spiritual education lends itself to a holistic, non-dogmatic approach to yoga and meditation. He believes the aim of practicing Buddhism is not to become proponents of an orthodoxy, but rather to discover our innate wisdom and avail ourselves to healing and joy.

Koji currently lives in Minneapolis (Dakota land) with his partner. He’s increasingly focused on topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; using his positionality and privilege (white, able-bodied, socialized male) to disrupt dominant narratives in meditation and yoga communities. He’s available for workshops, talks, retreats, and one-on-one practice discussion. Koji is a member of the American Zen Teachers Association, and the Sōtō Zen Buddhist Association.

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