Meet Our Teachers
The North American Abbot of the Kwan Um School of Zen, a co-guiding teacher of Providence Zen Center, Cambridge Zen Center, as well as the guiding teacher of Open Meadow Zen Center in Lexington, MA. He has been a student of Zen Master Seung Sahn since the mid-70s. He received inka in 1990 and transmission to be Zen Master in April 2000. He is one of the founding members of CZC and founded Open Meadow Zen Group in Lexington. He teaches accredited Zen classes at Boston University and regularly leads retreats, teaching Zen Buddhism around the world.
Nancy Hedgpeth, JDPSN has been a student of Zen Master Seung Sahn since 1979 and received inka in July 1994. She has held many positions at New Haven and Cambridge Zen Centers, and has done many long retreats in the U.S. and Korea. Nancy once served as the Abbot at the Providence Zen Center and now has a farm in South County, Rhode Island where she also founded the South County Zen Group, in Narragansett, RI.
José Ramírez, JDPSN is the Guiding Teacher of the Delaware Valley Zen Center, which he helped found in the Spring of 1999. He has been practicing in the Kwan Um School of Zen since 1994, and received Inka in April 2009. He has a degree in mathematics from the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela, and a Masters and Ph.D in statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his role as an industrial statistician he works closely with engineers and scientists to help them make sense of data. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife and daughter.
After attending an agricultural high school, Doug Walsh entered the Navy for two enlistments. He was then employed by a local process controls manufacturing company for 37 years and has been retired for the past 2 years. He came to the Kwan Um School of Zen at Providence Zen Center in 1998. In July 2010 he took his Bodhisattva Teacher Precepts and in June 2011 he became Do Gam (Vice Abbott ) at PZC.
Kwan Haeng went to Korea in 1997. He was ordained as a novice monk in April 1999, received bhiku precepts (full monks precepts) in 2003. After taking his precepts, he continued to live and practice in Korea until 2012. Since 2012, Kwan Haeng has lived and practiced at Providence Zen Center as Head Dharma Teacher.