Photo by    Deb Svoboda

Photo by Deb Svoboda

Rev. Keiryu Liên Shutt

Rev. Keiryu Liên Shutt is a  Dharma Heir of Zenkei Blanche Hartman in the tradition of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.

Born into a Buddhist family in Vietnam, she began her meditation practice in the Insight tradition of Spirit Rock. She is a founding member of the Buddhists of Color in 1998. Her Soto Zen training began at Tassajara monastery where she lived from 2002-2005; after which, she practiced monastically in Japan and Vietnam.

While she has placed her trust and faith in Soto Zen, she continues to enjoy the deep silence of Insight practices and has completed retreats in the United States and Thailand. Drawing from her monastic experiences, she endeavors to share ways in which the deep settledness of traditional practices can be brought into everyday life. Liên's strength as a teacher is in making Zen practice accessible to all.

Based at San Francisco Zen Center, Liên also teaches at East Bay Meditation Center and other Bay Area groups. To invite her to give a talk , lead a workshop at your work or practice group, or to schedule a personal meeting to discuss how it's possible to have practice and life be one and the same, contact her at