Staff Overview

Rev. Zenku Smyers

Name: 
Rev. Zenku Jerry Smyers
Title: 
Priest

Zenku, Jerry Smyers is a Soto Zen Priest in the Lineage of Soyu Matsuoka Roshi.  Zenku became a disciple of Kongo Langlois Roshi, Abbot of the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago and a dharma heir of Matsuoka Roshi, in 1976.  Zenku trained at the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago and was ordained a Zen Priest in 1982.  Zenku was a Priest in Chicago until 2005, assisting Kongo Roshi until his passing in 1999, and then providing Temple leadership.