Vanessa Zuisei Goddard Sensei is a lay Zen teacher in the Mountains and Rivers Order (MRO) of Zen Buddhism. Zuisei Sensei was in full-time residential training at Zen Mountain Monastery from 1995 to 2014, fourteen of those years as a monastic. In 2018 she received dharma transmission (authorization to teach) from Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Roshi, Head of the MRO and Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. For the last ten years, Zuisei Sensei has been leading retreats and workshops on various aspects of Buddhism—from mindfulness and meditation to running as a form of zazen—all with special emphasis on the power of stillness and silence to facilitate clarity and transformation in our lives.

In addition to teaching adults, Zuisei Sensei has many years of experience working with children and their families. She is the co-founder and coordinator of Zen Mountain Monastery’s Zen Kids and Zen Teens programs, and has led numerous retreats for children, preteens, and teens.

Zuisei Sensei is now on sabbatical in New York City, where she is working on her second book and continuing her own spiritual development through the study of contemplative practices like centering prayer. Sensei’s first book, Still Running: The Art of Meditation in Motion, will be published by Shambhala Publications in the late summer of 2020.