Taigen Dan Leighton is a Soto Zen priest and Dharma successor in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. Taigen has practiced and resided for years at San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara monastery, and Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. He also practiced for two years in Kyoto, Japan, 1990-92, translating Dogen with Rev. Shohaku Okumura.
Taigen is author of Faces of Compassion:Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression and he is co-translator and editor of several Zen texts including: Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi,The Wholehearted Way: A Translation of Dogen's "Bendowa" with Commentary, Dogen?s Pure Standards for the Zen Community: A Translation of "Eihei Shingi", and The Extensive Record of Eihei Dogen. His latest book is Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra, due in April of 2007.