Michael Wenger

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Dairyu Michael Wenger
Religion Zen
School Sōtō
Lineage Shunryu Suzuki
Education The New School, M.A.
Dharma names Dairyu
Nationality American
Born 1947
Brooklyn, NY
Spouse Barbara Wenger
Senior posting
Based in Dragons Leap Meditation Center
Title Guiding Teacher
Predecessor Sojun Mel Weitsman
Religious career
Students Steven Tierney, Tim Wicks, Rachel Flynn, Inryu Bobbi Ponce-Barger, Richard Urban, Kogan Sheldon, Steven Davidowitz
Website www.dragonsleap.com

Dairyu Michael Wenger is a Sōtō Zen priest and current guiding teacher of Dragons Leap Meditation Center in San Francisco. Prior to establishing Dragons Leap in 2012, Wenger served as Dean of Buddhist Studies at the San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC) in San Francisco, California[1]—where he has been a member since 1972. A Dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman,[2] Wenger is also a former president of the SFZC where he continues to serve on the Elders Council.[3] He received his M.A. from The New School in New York, New York.[4]


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  1. ^ Gach, Gary (2001). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism. pp. xvi. 
  2. ^ "Practice Leaders: Dairyu Michael Wenger". San Francisco Zen Center. 
  3. ^ Lattin, Don (2004). Following Our Bliss: How the Spiritual Ideals of the Sixties Shape Our Lives. p. 75. 
  4. ^ Birgel, Franz; Phillips, Klaus; Gollub, Christian-Albrecht (2004). Straight Through the Heart: Doris Dörrie, German Filmmaker and Author. p. 324.