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Myosho Baika Andrea Heaton née Pratt (b.1960) is the founder of Mt. Diablo Zen Group in Pleasant Hill, California. Baika is a Dharma heir in the lineage of the great Shogaku Shunryu Suzuki-roshi—founder of the San Francisco Zen Center.  She has practiced Zen meditation since 1987 and received Dharma transmission in 2011 from Myoan Grace Schireson, Abbess of Empty Nest Zendo in North Fork, California and author of Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters. Baika also has undergone Soto Zen training with Sojun Mel Weitsman-roshi of Berkeley Zen Center where she was a resident for many years. She is a graduate of the SPOT Leadership Program of the Shogaku Institute and has been certified by Mindfulness Schools to teach Mindfulness to children in public schools. Baika is a recipient of the Peace and Justice Award in Contra Costa County.

Shinko Seiwa Leslie Bartholic  is the Co-Guiding Teacher of the Mt. Diablo Zen Group. She began Zen practice in the early 90s with a Thich Nhat Hanh sitting group and with monthly sittings at Green Gulch Zen Center. In 1999, Leslie began practicing at Berkeley Zen Center, where she has held many of traditional Zen temple positions, including serving on the Board of Directors and Practice Committee. She received lay ordination from Sojun Mel Weitsman Roshi in 2002 and served as Shuso in 2011. 

Email Leslie: lbartholic@comcast.net

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