Nyoze Demian Kwong received a B.A. in Anthropology/Archeology from University of California Santa Cruz. He worked as a fundraiser in Stanford University’s Engineering Department. In 1998 he lived and worked at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and studied socially engaged Buddhism with Joan Halifax-roshi and Bernie Glassman-roshi of the Zen Peacemaker Order for two and a half years.
Nyoze received lay precepts in 1987 at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. In 2009 he was ordained as a novice monk by Jakusho Kwong-roshi. In 2012 Nyoze finished his formal training at Eiheiji, oldest monastery and head temple of the Soto Zen School in Japan. He received Dharma transmission in November 2014 and completed zuisse at both Eiheiji and Sojiji Head Temples of Sotoshu (the Soto School of Zen) June 2015. He is recognized by Sotoshu as a Kokusaifukyoshi(international zen teacher) in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki- roshi.
Currently Nyoze serves as Fukujushoku(vice abbot), is the Head of Practice, and Executive Director of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. He lives at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center with Kashin, his wife, and Ejo, their 12-year- old son.
(South Sound Zen is a Soto Zen Mediation Group affiliated with The Sonoma Mountain Zen Center in Sonoma County California.)