Michael Wenger

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Dairyu Michael Wenger
TitleGuiding Teacher
Brooklyn, NY
SpouseBarbara Wenger
LineageShunryu Suzuki
EducationThe New School, M.A.
OccupationZen Teacher, Brush Artist
Senior posting
Based inDragons Leap Meditation Center
PredecessorSojun Mel Weitsman
SuccessorDarlene Cohen
Mark Lancaster
Rosalie Curtis
Marc Lesser
Shika Bernd Bender
Inryu Bobbi Ponce-Barger

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]


  • Büssing, Arndt; Wenger, Michael (2003). Der Tau am Morgen ist weiser als wir : alte und neue Zen-Geschichten. Theseus. ISBN 3-89620-209-X.
  • Wenger, Michael (2002). Wind bell: Teachings from the San Francisco Zen Center 1968-2001. North Atlantic Books. ISBN 1-55643-381-6.
  • Suzuki, Shunryu; Weitsman, Mel; Wenger, Michael (1999). Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-21982-1.
  • Wenger, Michael (1994). 33 Fingers: A Collection of Modern American Koans. Clear Glass Publishing. ISBN 0-931425-35-2.

See also[edit]


  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.