photo of Sensei Merle Kodo Boyd and Roshi Wendy Egyoku NakaoSensei Kodo began sitting in 1985 when she saw a 12th century Chinese painting called “The Solitary Angler” in the book, The World of Zen, and immediately recognized herself in every aspect of the painting. After a few years of practicing alone at home with the guidance of Dharma books, she ventured out and found a sitting group led by Sister Janet Jinne Richardson, now a Roshi in the White Plum lineage. For the next several years she practiced with the Roshi Bernie Glassman, Roshi Sandra Jishu Holmes, and with Robert Kennedy, S.J. Roshi, all in the White Plum Lineage .  She received Jukai in 1994 and Priest Ordination in 1996 from Roshi Jishu.  After Roshi Jishu’s death, Kodo continued her practice with Roshi Egyoku, from whom she received Preceptor Transmission in 2002 and Dharma Transmission in March 2006.