Charlotte Joko Beck and her Dharma Successors have established the Ordinary Mind Zen School, whose purpose is set forth in the following statement
The Ordinary Mind Zen School intends to manifest and support practice of the Awakened Way, as expressed in the teaching of Charlotte Joko Beck. The School is composed of Charlotte Joko Beck, her Dharma Successors, and teachers and successors they, as individuals, have formally authorized. There is no affiliation with other Zen groups or religious denominations; however, membership in this school does not preclude individual affiliation with other groups. Within the school there is no hierarchy of Dharma Successors.
The Awakened Way is universal; the medium and methods of realization vary according to circumstances. Each Dharma Successor in the School may apply diverse practice approaches and determine the structure of any organization that s/he may develop to facilitate practice.
The Successors acknowledge that they are ongoing students, and that the quality of their teaching derives from the quality of their practice. As ongoing students, teachers are committed to the openness and fluidity of practice, wherein the wisdom of the absolute may be manifested in /as our life. An important function of this School is the ongoing examination and development of effective teaching approaches to insure comprehensive practice in all aspects of living.
May the practice of this School manifest wisdom and compassion, benefitting all beings.
December 25, 1995
Karen Terzano, (born 1950), is an American Zen Buddhist teacher in the Ordinary Mind School tradition, founded by Charlotte Joko Beck (1917-2011). Karen has worked as a research psychologist and university professor while maintaining an active psychotherapy practice. She holds a PhD in Physiological Comparative Psychology as well as one in Clinical Psychology, and specialized in Ethology for her Masters degree in Biology. She lives in Ellsworth Maine.
Karen began Zen practice in the late 1980’s, studying for several years during the 1990’s with Hwalson Sunim, a teacher within the Chogye Order of Korea, a Lin-chi (Rinzai) form of Zen. In1998 she moved to Costa Rica and there became a formal student of Sunyana Graef, a Dharma Heir of Phillip Kapleau. In 2005 Karen returned to the United States where she spent 2 years in residence at the Vermont Zen Center before leaving on what she calls her, “Walkabout” period, a series of solitary wilderness pilgrimages. In 2009 Karen retook her formal vows with her current teacher, Barry Magid of the Ordinary Mind School, and received Denkai from him in 2011. She is a current member of the Lay Zen Teachers Association. Karen received full teacher rights in a denbō ceremony at New York, on 2014.
In leading traditional retreats where invited, and by conducting pilgrimages of various types, Karen has worked for several years with an electronic sangha, comprised of students from all over the world. Then, in 2012, with permission of her teacher, Karen established the Tavallinen Mieli Zendo in Tampere, Finland and now serves as its guiding teacher, spending several months in residence there each year.
Karen would be happy to answer practice related questions and may be contacted directly at karenterzano(at)gmail.com
Are you looking for a place to have your retreat or workshop? Lammi Retreat Center is an old village school building situated in the middle of fields and forest - in the quiet countryside of southern Finland. It is 10 kilometers away from the centre of Lammi, about 100 km away from Helsinki or Tampere and a bit less than 40 km from Hämeenlinna and a bit more from Lahti. By car it takes one and a half hour from Helsinki or Tampere. The building has beds for 40 people, there is lot’s of space and a large, full equipped kitchen. This place is ideal for meditation and yoga retreats, also creative workshops. It is easy to get to the center of Lammi by bus from Lahti and Tampere.