Bonnie Myotai Treace

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Bonnie Myotai Treace
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Bonnie Myotai Treace Sensei of Gristmill Hermitage, Garrison, New York
Religion Zen Buddhism
Senior posting
Based in Hermitage Heart
Title Sensei
Predecessor John Daido Loori
Religious career

Bonnie Myotai Treace is the founder and head Sensei of Hermitage Heart; she teaches at Gristmill Hermitage in Garrison, New York. Particularly known for her work in women's spirituality, poetry, and the nexus of mind and environment, she is the senior Dharma successor of John Daido Loori, Roshi, in the Mountains and Rivers Order. Her global initiative, "The Water Mala," is a Buddhist right action project on water awareness and meditation now established on five continents. Serving for almost two decades as vice-abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, she was the establishing teacher and first abbess of the Zen Center of New York City. Treace received Dharma transmission from Daido Loori in October 1996. At the Monastery she was the first director of Dharma Communications, editor of Mountain Record, and in charge of the affiliates of the Mountains and Rivers Order.

Treace holds advanced degrees in literature, was a lobbyist for women's issues, and an analyst with the Potomac Research Institute specializing in hydromechanics.

Treace is the author of "Winter Moon: A Season of Zen," as well as chapters for "Water: Its Spiritual Significance" (Vons Fitae Press), The Art of Just Sitting: Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza, and "Lotus Moon: The Poetry of Rengetsu", along with many other writings. She is a member of the American Zen Teachers Association.[1][2][3][4][5]

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