Roshi Jishu Holmes
Roshi Jishu Holmes was my heart teacher. Jishu was the most humble person I have ever known. She was my teacher in the Ox classes, which were the most important, a major supplement to my mediation practice. I became Jishu’s student when she was abbot of ZCNY, and accepted my offer to ordain in order to serve as her first Shuso. One of her greatest gifts was softness.