Leadership

Teshin Matthew Sweger is the abbot and teacher at the North Carolina Zen Center. He began Zen practice at the Rochester Zen Center in 1993 and continued his training at Windhorse Zen Community in Asheville, NC.  He was ordained as a Buddhist priest in 2004 by Roshi Lawson Sachter and later sanctioned to teach by Roshi Sevan Ross.  He served as the Buddhist Chaplain for the University of Rochester for 5 years and continues his work as a licensed psychotherapist and carpenter.

Teshin and his wife Dana relocated to Pittsboro in 2017 to take up residence at the NCZC. 

 

 

 

The North Carolina Zen Center is overseen by the Board of Directors.  We are:

Richard McGough, President
richard.b.mcgough@gmail.com

Leigh Hall, Treasurer
leighbhall@icloud.com

Scott Durso, Secretary
s.durso03@gmail.com

Joe Kenlan
genjok@yahoo.com

Ken Simon
ken.simon@yahgoo.com

 

The general operations of the Center are managed by several committees.

The Practice Committee

Tim Holmes, Chair
tim@nczencenter.org

Kim Young, Member
mattkimyoung@gmail.com

Joe Kenlan, Member
genjok@yahoo.com

 

Facilities and Finances Committee

Matt Young, Chair
mattkimyoung@gmail.com

Leigh Hall, Member
leighbhall@icloud.com

 

Membership Committee

Scott Durso, Chair
s.durso03@gmail.com

Neal Oldham, Member
oldham.neal@gmail.com