Prior to founding Hermitage Heart, Bonnie Myotai Treace, Sensei served for many years as Vice-Abbess of Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper, NY and in recent years as Abbess of Fire Lotus Temple in Brooklyn, NY. She received Dharma Transmission in 1996, becoming the first successor of John Daido Loori, Roshi, of the Mountains and Rivers Order. Her training has included twenty years of koan study, as well as investigation into the subtle teachings of Zen Master Dogen. Sensei has degrees in literature, and has worked as a teacher, in publishing, and held leadership positions in various women’s rights and social justice organizations.