Visiting teacher Heather Shoren Iarusso arrives in Belfast in late October for a two-month stay. During her visit she will give talks, meet with students, and take part in many events. Her first offering will be a dharma talk on the morning of Sunday, October 27, when she she will give her “Way-Seeking Mind” talk describing her journey towards practice.
Heather first moved to Tassajara in June 2008 thinking she’d stay for six months. Ten years later, she is finally leaving the peace and beauty of the monastic valley to take up residence in SFZC’s city temple in San Francisco – and fortunately for us, she will stop off in Belfast en route. Heather was ordained in October 2015 by Teah Strozer, who was the guiding teacher of Brooklyn Zen Center. Heather worked at BZC for two years as the ino, program director, communications coordinator, and the interim executive director. Heather served in various practice roles at Tassajara including the ino, tenzo, and most recently as shuso with our teacher Paul Haller. She has also participated in meditation intensives with Pema Chodron, Tenshin Reb Anderson, Shohaku Okumura, and Shodo Harada. Heather holds master’s degrees in communications, creative writing, and English literature. She enjoys traveling with her spouse Tanya when they’re not sitting in silence. We are so happy to welcome her to Belfast.