Our Founders

Janet Jinne Richardson, Roshi, (Left) co-founder of ZCB/Clare Sangha, moved to Florida in 2005, and now serves as an Elder in both the Clare and Zen Peacemaker Sanghas. She studied with Roshi Bernard Tetsugen Glassman. In 1994, she was named Sensei, receiving transmission from her teacher, Roshi Robert Jinsen Kennedy, SJ. In 1997, she received inka from Zen Master Glassman and was installed as Roshi (venerable teacher) in the White Plum Asangha. Roshi's dharma name is Jinne ("beloved of God").

Called forth by Roshi Glassman, Rosalie Jishin McQuaide, Sensei, (Right)  co-founder of ZCB/Clare Sangha, moved to Florida in 2005, and now serves as senior advisor to the sangha board. She began her studies with Roshi Kennedy in 1976, continuing with Roshi Richardson and receiving transmission in 1998. Sensei's dharma name is Jishin ("heart of compassion").

Roshi Richardson's Full Bio

Janet Jinne Richardson, Roshi, co-founder of ZCB/Clare Sangha, moved to Florida in 2005, and now serves as an Elder in both the Clare and Zen Peacemaker Sanghas. She studied with Roshi Bernard Tetsugen Glassman. In 1994, she was named Sensei, receiving transmission from her teacher, Roshi Robert Jinsen Kennedy, SJ. In 1997, she received inka from Zen Master Glassman and was installed as Roshi (venerable teacher) in the White Plum Asangha. Roshi's dharma name is Jinne ("beloved of God").

 Janet's life experiences are in social work, education, the United Nations, and international development. She is a translator and member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace (CSJP), an international congregation of Catholic women committed to peace through justice.

She tells the story of a Christian who came to the Zen Master expressing apprehension about taking up Zen studies. The Master promised that Zen studies would make this student a better Christian, and help empty her as St. Paul said that Jesus was empty. She found this promise encouraging and affirming, and that its proof in experience continues motivating Christians to pursue Zen studies with vigor and satisfaction.

Sensei McQuaide's Full Bio

Called forth by Roshi Glassman, Rosalie Jishin McQuaide, Sensei, co-founder of ZCB/Clare Sangha, moved to Florida in 2005, and now serves as senior advisor to the sangha board. She began her studies with Roshi Kennedy in 1976, continuing with Roshi Richardson and receiving transmission in 1998. Sensei's dharma name is Jishin ("heart of compassion").

A member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace (CSJP), Rosalie and Roshi Richardson initiated and led two years of meditation instruction in a federal prison. Her life experiences in musicology, social activism, and archives preceded her current service as liturgical organist and pianist, composer, and historian-author.

Sensei recounts that, years ago, a group of persons -- curious, interested, wary, eager -- assembled before the teacher for the first time. The teacher made a few comments and then asked each person to answer, "Why are you here?" One person answered in a complete state of unknowing, "Because I want to be here."

"Again and still, sweet flowers blossom in the courtyard of the many-sided house, While in the back, the cypress and the poplar extend their arms in cooling shade."

Our Teachers

Bruce Seiryu Blackman

Bruce Seiryu Blackman

Sensei, Guiding Teacher

Bruce Blackman is a Zen teacher in the White Plum lineage. He began meditation in
1981 and studied Zen several years in Southeast Asia with Elaine MacInnes-roshi of the
Sanbo Kyodan, and later with the Diamond Sangha of Robert Aitken-roshi. He joined
Clare Sangha in 1996, becoming a student of Janet Richardson and Bernie Glassman-
roshis. Named a dharma holder in 2001, Bruce was installed as Sensei in 2004. He is
the guiding teacher with Clare Sangha and a lay preceptor for transmitting the
Bodhisattva precepts. His dharma name is Seiryu (“clear stream”).

Sensei Bruce's Full Bio

Bruce Seiryu Blackman is a Zen teacher in the White Plum lineage. He began meditation in
1981 and studied Zen several years in Southeast Asia with Elaine MacInnes-roshi of the Sanbo Kyodan, and later with the Diamond Sangha of Robert Aitken-roshi. He joined Clare Sangha in 1996, becoming a student of Janet Richardson and Bernie Glassman-roshis. Named a dharma holder in 2001, Bruce was installed as Sensei in 2004. He is the guiding teacher with Clare Sangha and a lay preceptor for transmitting the Bodhisattva precepts. His dharma name is Seiryu (“clear stream”). A storyteller, Sensei has compiled a story collection of People in A Pinch, and wrote an article in Pearls of Ash and Awe (2015) on bearing witness at Auschwitz. Stories that fit reduce the gravity and lighten us up, he says of their value in Zen training.

Bruce worked 25 years in East Asia and Latin America, specializing in economic
program development. A Spanish speaker, he received his BA from the University of
Oregon, and masters degrees from UC Berkeley and Johns Hopkins U. Since working overseas, he transports special needs children to school, and works with a restorative justice agency - mentoring and teaching awareness to inmates. Sensei was also elected to the board of an international adoption agency. He and his wife Joan reside in Northern Virginia.

Anthony Hoetsu Falcone

Anthony Hoetsu Falcone

Sensei, President of ZCB Board of Directors

Anthony Hoetsu Falcone began meditation practice in 1983. He studied with Bernie Glassman-roshi at the Greyston Bakery in New York and developed an interest in service. He later joined ZCB/Clare Sangha, studying with founders Janet Richardson-roshi and Rosalie McQuaide-sensei until 2005. He then took up training with Bruce Blackman-sensei, receiving the Bodhisattva precepts and becoming an assistant teacher. For three years, Anthony worked in Colorado where he studied with Roshis Gerry Wick and Ilia Perez. He continued study with Blackman-sensei and Barbara Craig-sensei, receiving transmission in 2016. His dharma name is Hoetsu (“dharma joy”).

Sensei Tony's Full Bio

Anthony Hoetsu Falcone began meditation practice in 1983. He studied with Bernie Glassman-roshi at the Greyston Bakery in New York and developed an interest in service. He later joined ZCB/Clare Sangha, studying with founders Janet Richardson-roshi and Rosalie McQuaide-sensei until 2005. He then took up training with Bruce Blackman-sensei, receiving the Bodhisattva precepts and becoming an assistant teacher. For three years, Anthony worked in Colorado where he studied with Roshis Gerry Wick and Ilia Perez. He continued study with Blackman-sensei and Barbara Craig-sensei, receiving transmission in 2016. His dharma name is Hoetsu (“dharma joy”).

Anthony serves on the board of directors of ZCB/Clare Sangha, currently as president. He completed Thich Nhat Hanh's Five Mindfulness Trainings. He also completed Companioning the Dying hospice training with Senseis Rose Mary Dougherty and William Dietrich, and now volunteers hospice care in Baltimore. Anthony received a BS in Biological Sciences and a Masters of Computer Science. He works in computer programming and information technology. He holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Teachers in Training

Andy Ryūshin Santanello

Andy Ryūshin Santanello

Hoshi, ZCB Board Member-at Large

Hoshi Andy Ryūshin Santanello is a dharma holder in the White Plum lineage. He first became interested in Buddhist practice as a teenager when a high school teacher introduced him to the First Noble Truth: Life is suffering. As a Junior in college (2000), he started a meditation practice and attended his first sesshin with Roshi Robert Kennedy. He experimented with various forms of meditation over the years, including Tibetan practice and secular meditation practices such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction before finding his way back to Zen. Prior to joining Clare Sangha in 2013, he practiced with the Howard County Dharma Group, attended several sesshin with Roshi Robert Kennedy, and most recently bodhisattva training at the Village Zendo. Andy shares the role of Practice Leader with Hoshi Seichō and has served on the ZCB/Clare Sangha board of directors since 2018. Andy received the precepts in 2016 and was given the dharma name Ryūshin (“Dragon Heart/Mind”). He continues his Zen study with Sensei Blackman and Clare Sangha and was named Hoshi (“dharma holder”), indicating that he is a “sensei in training” in December of 2018. In 2020 he received the five mindfulness trainings in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition.

Jon Seichō McCollum

Jon Seichō McCollum

Hoshi, ZCB Board Member-at Large

Hoshi Jon Seichō McCollum began meditation in 1995. He joined Clare Sangha in 2015 and received the Zen precepts in 2016.  Jon was named a dharma holder in 2018; his dharma name is Seicho ("pure melody"). He has trained at various monasteries and Zen Centers in Japan and the US, most recently bodhisattva training at the Village Zendo.  In 2019 he received the five mindfulness trainings in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition.  Seichō continues his Zen study with Sensei Bruce Seiryu Blackman and Clare Sangha. In this, he shares the role of Practice Leader with Hoshi Ryūshin and serves on the ZCB/Clare Sangha board of directors. 

Seichō is currently pursuing a M.Div. in Buddhism with the Shogaku Zen Institute; he holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology and is an Associate Professor of Music at Washington College. He is a recipient of Zen shakuhachi transmission and in 2015, was awarded a Shihan (Master's license) and the name (natori) “Kenzen” from Dai Shihan Chikuzan Gould.  Seichō guides the Chester River Sangha in Centreville, MD.

JoAnna Joryu Allen

JoAnna Joryu Allen

Hoshi

JoAnna Joryu Allen began meditation after attending Inward Bound India (2002), and hearing the Dalai Lama teach in Dharamsala.   In 2004 she attended the first of many 10 day Vipassana courses by Goenka.  This inspired her to implement her own jail meditation program called The Kindness Project (TKP 2008-2010) followed by Alternatives to Violence Project in Maryland  Prisons.  In 2010 she attended the Second Symposium for Socially Engaged Buddhism of Bernie Glassman, little realizing she would eventually join his White Plum lineage.

Attending Mindful Way at the Towson Unitarian Church led to Clare Sangha which also met there.    With Sensei Bruce Blackman’s encouragement she took Thich Nhat Hanh’s Mindfulness transmissions with the Mindfulness Practice Center and precept study with Clare Sangha, completing Jukai in May 2016.  JoAnna’s dharma name is Joryu (“constantly flowing”).  After uprooting to California she began teaching at a jail in Milpitas CA.  She has attended The Bay Zen Center and currently practices with Alameda Sangha (Vipassana).  From 2018-2019 she trained in Buddhist chaplaincy with Gil Fronsdal.  JoAnna was named Dharma Holder in 2020, and continues her training with Sensei Blackman and Clare Sangha.

 JoAnna’s education includes Mount Mary College (Milwaukee), Harvard School of Education (M.A.T.), Johns Hopkins U (M.A.S.), and a PhD in Experiential Education from Union I & U.  Peace Corps in Malaysia (65-68) was life-changing.  JoAnna taught school in Baltimore for 26 years.  Her ethnicity is Chinese American, and she is often taken for Native American, which pleases her.  Her three children and grandchildren live in the SF Bay area.  She and her husband reside in Oakland.

 

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