Wendy Egyoku Nakao

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Wendy Egyoku Nakao
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Religion Zen Buddhism
School Harada-Yasutani
Lineage White Plum Asanga
Born Hawaii
Senior posting
Based in Zen Center of Los Angeles
Title Roshi
Predecessor Bernard Glassman
Successor Merle Kodo Boyd
Religious career
Website www.zencenter.org/

Wendy Egyoku Nakao is the abbot of the Zen Center of Los Angeles. She moved into the center in 1978 and later received Dharma transmission and inka from Bernard Glassman. She assumed her abbotship in 1999. According to James Ishmael Ford, "Under her leadership, the center has expanded its mission to be family-friendly and socially active, creating an important experiment in the development of Western Zen." Nakao has also conferred Dharma transmission to the first ever African-American woman, Merle Kodo Boyd. Nakao is a member of the American Zen Teachers Association.[1][1][2]



  1. ^ Ford, 166
  2. ^ Friedman, 339