Byakuren (White Lotus) Judith Ragir is the Senior Dharma Teacher at Clouds in Water Zen Center. She studied with Dainin Katagiri Roshi from 1973-1990 at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis. Following his death in 1990, Judith was instrumental in founding the Clouds in Water Zen Center in St. Paul where she was a senior teacher for nine years. In December 2007, Joen Snyder-O’Neal, of Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center, bestowed on Judith Dharma Transmission, the authorization to teach. This transmission is in Katagiri Roshi’s lineage. She was the Guiding teacher at Clouds in Water Zen Center from 2006-2015.
Byakuren has a background in bodywork and healing which includes having been a professional modern dancer and a doctor of Oriental medicine using acupuncture, acupressure, and Chinese herbs.
She lives in the woods with her husband and has two grown sons.