Kogen Keith, a priest who lives at Inexperienced Gulch Farm together with his spouse Lauren Dito-Keith and their five-year-old daughter Calliope, is the primary particular person to fill the newly created place of Director of Emergency Planning. This place will assist San Francisco Zen Heart’s three temples put together for emergencies together with fires, earthquakes, and medical emergencies. This new place is multifaceted. Whereas it consists of short-term and long-term planning, it additionally requires 24/7 monitoring and response.
Kogen’s preparation consists of the years at Tassajara when he was plant supervisor, and his coaching in hearth preparedness at Tassajara and Inexperienced Gulch Farm. He spent 70 days on the Soberanes Fireplace at Tassajara in 2016 and 40 days on the Dolan Fireplace in 2020.
On Thursday, June 18, 2021, at 10 pm, Kogen obtained an alert that there was a hearth, the Willow Fireplace, close to Tassajara. He alerted the hearth crew and left Inexperienced Gulch Farm at 2 am Friday morning. He spent the subsequent 13 days making ready Tassajara and operating Dharma Rain till the hearth reached 87% containment.
Along with planning, Kogen maintains working relationships with hearth companies and consultants who present security and tactical recommendation for Tassajara’s distinctive scenario. He’s additionally tasked with maintaining the Tassajara hearth crew staffed and educated to skilled requirements in order that they’ll look after Tassajara in probably the most prudent approach. In response to the calls for of the job, Kogen frequently engages in coaching in preparedness, techniques, and management abilities outdoors of SF Zen Heart.
Kogen’s hearth coaching consists of working for the Bureau of Land Administration (BLM) part-time. He’s on-call for the Sierra Entrance Regulars hearth crew out of Carson Metropolis, Nevada. Along with his coaching from the BLM, he’s additionally a fellow with the Fireplace Ahead program the place he’s coaching to guide prescribed burns. Kogen can also be a chaplaincy scholar on the Institute of Buddhist Research in Berkeley, a Chaplain Candidate Second Lieutenant within the Military Nationwide Guard and is constant his priest coaching with Eijun Linda Cutts at Inexperienced Gulch Farm. All of those talent units serve him in his new position and put together him to satisfy a difficult and dynamic work setting.
There’s a lot for Kogen to study in his new position. Because it covers emergency preparedness for all three facilities, he’s starting to additionally spend time at Metropolis Heart to study in regards to the questions of safety which might be necessary in an city setting.
Kogen’s Zen observe helps him with the larger image, that “we’re all skin-bags, piles of filth, simply causes and situations taking form as phenomenal expressions,” in addition to the smaller image, that life is treasured and security is main, and step one towards security begins with a deep breath. “Once I’m feeling overwhelmed, I discover that respiratory is most rewarding. It’s cliché, however true. Typically one breath in a disturbing second seems like a complete 90-day observe interval.” Kogen has studied Dogen’s Directions for the Prepare dinner, which incorporates the assertion, “The mouth of a monk is like an oven.” No matter job he’s doing, his goal is to embody it fully with a breath of give up. He finds no separation between this new position and his first place at Inexperienced Gulch Farm when he was aiding within the visitor program.
One of many issues Kogen enjoys most is placing his daughter to sleep on the finish of the day and greeting her when she wakes up within the morning. He and his spouse Lauren get pleasure from mountaineering and spending time in San Rafael with Lauren’s mother and father the place they cook dinner quite a lot of Italian meals and Calliope spends time together with her grandparents.
Kogen’s Dharma identify, given to him by Eijun Linda Cutts when he was ordained in 2017, is Kogen Anshin – Radiant Presence, Physique of Peace.
SF Zen Heart residents can really feel safer realizing that Kogen and his group—Jeff Logan, Kevin Peng, Katie Garrahan, Megan O’Neil, and Finn Kelley—are watching out for all of them.