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EBZ was founded by Sensei Ray Ruzan Cicetti, dharma heir to Roshi Robert Kennedy in the White Plum lineage. Sensei Ray received dharma transmission in December 2004 and is Roshi Kennedy's sixth dharma successor, and became the zendo's lay teacher.

He a psychotherapist in private practice with an emphasis on stress related problems, relationship issues, and bringing spirit back into the therapeutic relationship. Sensei is married with a grown son and two grandchildren.

Sensei Michele Keido Daniels, dharma heir to Sensei Ray Ruzan Cicetti in the White Plum lineage received dharma transmission in March 2018 and is Sensei Cicetti’s first dharma successor.

She is also a resident lay teacher The Empty Bowl Zendo. She is a former public school educator who supervised the district’s English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education Program. Currently Sensei Daniels enjoys retirement with her husband.

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