Our Founder: Dainin Katagiri-roshi
Clouds in Water Zen Center follows in the lineage of Dainin Katagiri-roshi, a Soto Zen monk who came to this country in the early 1960’s, worked with Shunryu Suzuki-roshi for ten years at Zen Center in San Francisco, and came to Minnesota starting the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in 1972.
The Early Years
Clouds in Water was founded by Dosho Mike Port who was the guiding teacher and executive director of Clouds in Water from 1994 to 2004. In April, 2015 Clouds in Water moved to its current location at 445 Farrington St.in St. Paul three blocks from the Green Line – Western Station.
Clouds in Water Today
Byakuren Judith Ragir continues to be involved as senior dharma teacher. She began her tenure November 1, 2006. Byakuren studied with Dainin Katagiri-roshi for 17 years at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center. Following his death in 1990,
Byakuren began working as a teacher at Clouds in Water. She was instrumental in the development of the center and was a senior teacher at Clouds for nine years. She received Dharma Transmission—permission to teach independently and transmit the Soto Zen Lineage—from Joen Snyder O’Neal, a Katagiri-Roshi lineage holder, in December of 2007.
In January 2015, Byakuren stepped down from her role as Guiding Teacher. She will continue to serve the sangha as Senior Dharma Teacher. Sosan Flynn, formally the Executive Director, will be assuming the duties of Guiding Teacher.
In June 2014, Will Hegeman was hired as the Executive Director.