Adjunct Faculty
Religious Studies

Institutional Affiliation

Naropa University
School of the Humanities, Department of Religious Studies


Ordained as Novice Zen Priest with Shishin Wick Roshi, 2009
Received Precepts (Jukai) from Taizan Maezumi Roshi, 1991
M.A. English Literature, University of Chicago, 1987
B.A. English Literature and Physics (dual major), Dartmouth College, 1985

Regional and Thematic Interests

Zen Buddhism
Religion in East Asia


Gyodo Sensei has been a committed practitioner of Zen Buddhism since 1990. He received the Zen precepts (jukai) in 1991 from Taizan Maezumi Roshi at the Zen Center of Los Angeles, and Dharma Transmission (Denbo) from Shishin Wick Roshi in 2015. Gyodo has a Master's Degree in English, which he has taught at college and high school levels. He has been teaching varying elements of Zen history, lineage, and practice in different contexts for over fifteen years. As Founder and Spiritual Director of the Eon Zen Center, he provides weekly Dharma Talks and monthly Introductions to Zen to a growing Zen sangha in Boulder, CO. He has taught Zen Buddhism as Adjunct Faculty at Naropa since 2015.

In addition to his as a decades-long experience with Zen Buddhist practice, Gyodo Sensei has experience in course development, classroom management and academic processes, following his graduate work in English Literature at the University of Chicago. He is currently co-owner of an IT development company which provides Open Source development services to non-profit organizations, media and academic institutions.