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Sojun Mel Weitsman

Sojun Mel Weitsman (July 9, 1929 – January 7, 2021) was Abbot at San Francisco Zen Center from 1988 to 1996. He emphasized practicing the Dharma with his every action.

People who practiced with him at San Francisco Zen Center during those years were asked:

How did Sojun teach you—without saying a word?

How has this developed in your practice?

How do you practice it today?

For Zen students the answers sometimes couldn’t fit the questions. Each person spoke to the moments that they still carry in their “beyond words” memory.

For the full text of their responses, see Without Words, edited and arranged by Shosan Victoria Austin, Basya Petnick, and Diane Miller.

For more about Sojun, see Remembering Sojun Mel Weitsman.

See also: Berkeley Zen Center website and Remembering Sojun Roshi