Ethics and Governance

The mission of Seattle Soto Zen is to offer Buddha’s teaching on wisdom and compassion in daily life
through the practice of Soto Zen in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Our Board of Directors

Seattle Soto Zen, as a 501c3 religious organization, is governed by a member-elected Board of Directors. The SSZ Board is responsible for the overall management, general policy and direction of the sangha (Buddhist community) including, but not limited to: the sangha’s financial health, its communications, the material items it owns and its relationships with those inside other Dharma communities and beyond. The SSZ Board of Directors is: Marc Jaffrey, President; Chikyo Ewan Magie, Vice President; Chad Freeman, Treasurer; Mark Gedosch, Secretary; Catherine Fleming, Blair Hill, Chris Middleman, Stephanie Monroney and Kanshin Allison Tait (ex officio). The Board can be contacted at The Board minutes can be found in our documents page.

Our Practice Council

Seattle Soto Zen, as a sangha practicing Zen, is led by a Spiritual Director and Resident Teacher, Kanshin Allison Tait, with the assistance and advice of members appointed to a Practice Council. This council aids the Spiritual Director in determining and directing matters of spiritual practice, liturgy and teaching, including but not limited to: practice plans, liturgy, ceremonies, events and support for members of the sangha. The SSZ Practice Council is: Kanshin Allison Tait, Genzen Ed Cadman, Alden Gannon, Michael Gillespie, Daikan John Green, Chikyo Ewan Magie, Chris Middleman, Jundo Steve Given, John Nomura and Maria Wallace. The Practice Council can be contacted at

Ethical Guidelines