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James Cordova

James Myosan Cordova, Sensei is a Dharma heir to Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi. James serves as the resident teacher for the Benevolent Zen Sangha in Providence, Rhode Island, and is one of the resident teachers at Greater Boston Zen Center. James is a husband and father of two children, Chair of the Psychology Department at Clark University, and a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. He is the author of The Marriage Checkup, The Marriage Checkup Practitioner’s Guide, and The Story of Mu.


Cindy Bapties

Cindy Bapties has had a meditation practice since 1976. She has been sitting with various Buddhist groups at First UU Church and elsewhere over the past 30 years. She has been sitting with Benevolent Zen since 2008. Cindy took Jukai on July 25, 2009, and began working with koans several years ago. She is currently a Practice Leader for the Benevolent Zen Sangha.


George Bershers

George Beshers was born in Urbana, IL, and raised in and around NYC. George is a multi-generational Unitarian Universalist. The Rev. James Ford, Roshi, the first Guiding Teacher of the Benevolent Street Sangha and Pastor at the First UU Church (2008-2014), piqued George’s interest in Zen Buddhism. George took Jukai in July 2011. George is currently a Practice Leader for the Benevolent Zen Sangha.


Kate Guthrie

Kate Kinyu Guthrie has been practicing since 2008 and has been a member of Benevolent Zen and the broader Greater Boston Zen Center Sangha since 2010. She received the Bodhisattva Precepts in a Jukai ceremony at Boundless Way Temple in 2015. She maintains a regular koan practice, and serves the Sangha in various practice roles. She has also completed the Foundations in Contemplative Care program of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care (2018-2019). She helps to coordinate the Facebook page and email correspondence. She is a professor and scientist at Brown Medical School and The Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI.