Sunday, August 18
10:10 AM – 11:10 AM

About Beth Goldring: Beth Ann (Kanji) Goldring began Zen training in 1979 and became Maurine Stuart Roshi’s student in 1982, receiving Jukai from her in 1986 and ordination in her name in 1995. A former university humanities teacher, she was engaged in human rights work in Palestine 1986-93, a Radcliffe Bunting Institute Fellow 1993-4; in Thailand with the International Network of Engaged Buddhists in 1995-6; and in Cambodia (initially through the peace walk lead by Samdech Maha Ghosananda) from 1996 through the present. From 2000-December 2016, she founded and headed Brahmavihara Cambodia (initially Brahmavihara Cambodia AIDS Project), a chaplaincy project for destitute AIDS patients in Phnom Penh. Still based in Cambodia she studies and teaches Buddhism and Meditation. In addition to Zen training (renewed through Tassajara and City Center of San Francisco Zen Center in 2015-16) she studied Tibetan Lojong and Tonglen from 1999-2003, when she began Vipassana training with Gil Fronsdal. She was fully authorized as a teacher by Gil Fronsdal in 2017.

Published by Justin Merritt

Composer Justin Merritt (bn. 1975) was the youngest-ever winner of the ASCAP Foundation/Rudolph Nissim Award. He is also the winner of a host of other awards including the McKnight Fellowship, the Copland Award, the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute Prize, and the Polyphonos Prize. He received his Bachelors from Trinity University and his Masters and Doctorate from Indiana University. He studied composition with Samuel Adler, Sven-David Sandstrom, Claude Baker, Timothy Kramer, Don Freund, and electronic and computer music with Jeffrey Hass. He is currently Associate Professor of Composition at St. Olaf College. He resides in Northfield, Minnesota with his wife Faye and their children Cullen Fang Ouxiang and Molly Fang Qinghe.