Affiliate of the
Silent Thunder Order

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The Atlanta Soto Zen Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation duly incorporated under the State of Georgia in 1977, legally operated by a Board of Directors elected by the Members. The Board concerns itself with legal and financial issues, oversight and maintenance of the facilities and programs of the center.

The Abbot (Zenkai Taiun Michael Elliston) is an ex officio Director of the BOD, with responsibility for all Dharma-related matters such as instructions and training program; induction and training of Initiates, Disciples and Priests; scheduling and format of services and retreats; and outreach to members of the global Sangha.

Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consists of between 5 and 15 individuals, both elected and appointed. One-third of the elected seats are elected each year, providing continuity to Board operations. The Board specifies the definition of membership in the corporation and the manner and timing of elections. Active initiates and disciples are voting members. The Board elects officers from among its membership and pursues its work by forming committees focused around ongoing and special projects, with a presiding chair. Board committees may include participants from the general membership (including non-voting members).

Current Board members:
CHAIRMAN:  Lawrell Studstill

ABBOT: Elliston Roshi
Andrew Dietz
Michael Goldman
Thomas Pomgratz

Bryan Price

For more details, please see the ASZC By Laws. Records of the ASZC BOD are open to inspection by Members (other than individual donor information). Please contact the Secretary for more information.