Retreat Teachers


Wendy Egyoku Nakao, Roshi

Roshi Wendy Egyoku Nakao is the Abbot Emeritus (1999-2019) of the Zen Center of Los Angeles (ZCLA), having succeeded the late Roshi Bernie Glassman as the third abbot in 1999. She currently serves ZCLA as Head Teacher and Head Priest. She ordained in 1983 as a Zen priest and trained with her root teacher, Venerable Taizan Maezumi, at ZCLA until his death in 1995. She became a Dharma Successsor of Roshi Bernie Glassman in 1996 in Yonkers, NY, and is a founding teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order, which promotes spiritually based social activism.