[mental blocks; they’re either in our way and we’re tripping over them, or there a wall in front of us that we cannot move past, or they are what we use underfoot to pave a new path forward…]

Alan Florence / Jakuan Gensho has practised Zen under the guidance of Shodo Harada Roshi since he first attended sesshin with Roshi in September of 1997.

Gensho first stayed at Tahoma in the fall of 1998 and has helped grow the monastery through to today.  He has performed many duties at the monastery including tenzo, jikijitsu and shikaryo. Gensho has assisted in growing the land; developing the buildings; and guiding the sesshin.

Before he met Shodo Harada Roshi, Gensho ordained as a Soto Zen priest with Houn Jiyu Roshi in 1971. Through the eighties and nineties, he explored other teachers and practises. Currently  Gensho teaches yoga, meditation and zen.