Zenku Jerry Smyers is a Soto Zen Priest in the Lineages of Soyu Matsuoka Roshi and Shohaku Okumura Roshi.
Zenku began his training as a disciple of Kongo Langlois Roshi, Abbot of the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago and a dharma heir of Matsuoka Roshi, in 1976.
Zenku trained at the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago and was ordained a Zen Priest in 1982.
Zenku was a Priest in Chicago until 2005, assisting Kongo Roshi until his passing in 1999, and then providing Temple leadership.
In 2005, Zenku moved to Montana and established the Mission Mountain Zen Group in Dayton Montana. In 2010 Zenku became a disciple of Taiun Elliston Roshi, Abbot of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center, and a dharma heir of Matsuoka Roshi and Okumura Roshi from the Uchiyama Lineage. In 2012, Zenku received dharma transmission from Taiun Roshi.
Zenku is a member of the Silent Thunder Order Zen lineage founded by Matsuoka Roshi and a member of Soto Zen Buddhist Association (STO). Currently serving as Treasurer of the The STO 501c3 nonprofit entity
He is one of few people who have been exposed to the teachings of Matsuoka-Roshi, Kongo-Roshi and Taiun Elliston-Roshi.
His topic will be: Teachings of Three Teachers https://www.aszc.org/lineage
Please join us in person at the Congregational Church On The Green or Zoom at with Zazen and Service at 7:00 PM/ET 10/24/23, then Zenku-sensei’s talk, followed by questions and comments, beginning at 8:00 PM/ET. All are welcome:
https://zoom.us/j/7096899032?status=success#success and the password is FSZS
Sangha-to-Sangha is a speaker’s exchange
keeping with Matsuoka-Roshi’s adage “Keep in Touch One to Another”
108 Bows- Sangaku
Falmouth Soto Zen Sangha