Roshi Sunyana Graef
Sunyana Graef, Roshi, is the founder and teacher of the Vermont Zen Center and the teacher of the Casa Zen. She began her practice of Zen Buddhism in 1969 as a disciple of Roshi Philip Kapleau. Roshi Graef was born in Boston in 1948 and grew up in New York. In the sixties, she studied religion and philosophy at Bard College, until beginning her Zen training at the Rochester Zen Center.
Roshi Graef spent over nine years on the staff of the Rochester Zen Center as Head Cook, secretary and attendant to Roshi Kapleau, and as the Center's administrator. She was ordained as a priest in 1986 and sanctioned as a Dharma Heir of Roshi Kapleau a year later. With her husband, Jed, and two daughters, Kaila and Dana, she moved to Vermont in June of 1988 to establish the Vermont Zen Center in Shelburne.
Roshi Graef visits the Casa Zen six times a year to conduct sesshins, training programs, ceremonies, and other activities. Roshi was the teacher of the Toronto Zen Centre in Canada for ten years until sanctioning her first Dharma Heir, Roshi Taigen Henderson, who is now the teacher of the Toronto Centre.