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Hoag Holmgren is a Zen teacher, writer, and founder of the Mountain Path Sangha, a Zen practice community that meets online and in-person to explore the transformational power of meditation, koans, and the arts.


clouds flee across the moon my heart 

—Ikkyū Sojun (1394-1481)

Hoag is also an educator, ICF-trained coach, and author of the books No Better Place: a New Zen Primer; Meaningful Grading: a Guide for Faculty in the Arts; and the poetry collection paleos.


Hoag's teacher, Danan Michael Henry Roshi, is a Dharma heir of Philip Kapleau Roshi; a Diamond Sangha teacher appointed by Robert Aitken Roshi; and the founder of the Zen Center of Denver. Hoag began studying with Danan Henry in 1993, received permission to teach as an associate teacher in 2018, and received Dharma transmission in June 2023. Hoag continues his koan study with Danan Roshi who is currently living at the Bodhi Manda Zen Center in Jemez Springs, NM. 


photo: Danan Henry Roshi, left; Hoag, right

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