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Seiso, Paul Cooper, Roshi, Guiding teacher: Seiso Roshi, is a member of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association & the American Zen Teacher’s Association. He has studied and practiced in both the Soto and Rinzai Zen traditions. He received precepts in 2000. Seiso was ordained as a priest and dharma transmitted in the Soto Zen Buddhist lineage of Dainin Katagiri. Seiso is a Member and certified as a dharma teacher by the Soto Zen Buddhist Association. Seiso is also a practicing psychoanalyst and an award-winning author and poet. He recently published the critically acclaimed The Zen Impulse and the Psychoanalytic Encounter (2010);  and Zen Insight, Psychoanalytic Action: Two Arrows Meeting (2019).Seiso Roshi is available to provide one-on-one and group teachings at your location and via internet. He maintains a private practice in Montpelier, Vermont. For further information leave a comment below.



Kagayaki, Karen Morris, is a co-founder of Two Rivers where she serves as a lay teacher. She is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Montpelier, Vermont, an award-winning poet, and the author of numerous articles on psychoanalysis and poetics. She received the Gradiva Award (NAAP, 2010) for her article “Torture and Attachment: Conscience and the Analyst’s World-Seeing Eye,” which addresses psychologist’s participation in state sanctioned torture in Abu Ghraib through the lens of classical Persian and Sufi poetry. Her poetry collection, Cataclysm and Other Arrangements , published by Three Stones Press (2014) received the Gradiva Award for Poetry (2015). She serves as an Ambassador of Hope for Shared Hope International in their efforts to eradicate sex trafficking through public education and activism.

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Myoki Marcia Nehemiah, is a co-founder of Two Rivers Zen Community.
She began practicing and studying with her teacher, Seiso Paul Cooper, in 2011, received lay
ordination in 2013, and lay entrustment in 2020. She has been involved in the life of her
community as a member of a writers collective and an environmental advocacy group. She is a
volunteer, co-founder, and past president of Growing Older Together, a non-profit
organization that provides assistance to older adults in the Upper Delaware region so that they
can live independently in their homes.

Dharma Heritage Ceremony & Certification, November 2016, Camp Courage Minnesota


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