Misha Shungen Merrill is the primary teacher for Zen Heart Sangha in Menlo Park and Woodside, California, as well as the guiding teacher for the Twining Vines Sangha of New York. She has been practicing Zen since 1984 and received Dharma Transmission (permission to teach) in 1998 in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, the founder of San Francisco Zen Center. After 27 years as a teacher and librarian at Peninsula School in Menlo Park, for the past three years she has held the position of Assistant Head of School.  She resides in Woodside with her husband and four-footed friends.