Charlie began Sōtō Zen practice in 1991 at the San Francisco Zen Center and trained as a resident at Tassajara and Green Dragon Temple (Green Gulch Farm) from 1994 to 2006. He received a master’s degree in religious studies at Stanford University in 1994. He was ordained as a Sōtō Zen priest in 1999 by Tenshin Reb Anderson. Together with his wife, Sarah Dojin Emerson, and the founding teacher, Jisho Warner, he serves as one of the head priests at Stone Creek Zen Center in Graton, California, while also maintaining close ties to San Francisco Zen Center.
Degrees and Certifications:
MA, Stanford University, Religious Studies
BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Music
Research and Teaching Interests:
Ritual and Meditation
Indian and Chinese Buddhist Philosophy
“Disciplining the Body-Mind in a Zen Monastery,” in Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Practice, forthcoming.
Topics in Buddhist Practice: Ritual Practice in Mahayana Buddhism