Shoryu was ordained as a Soto Zen priest in 2002 by Seirin Barbara Kohn at Austin Zen Center. In 2004 he moved to Bloomington, IN to study with Shohaku Okumura Roshi and the Sanshin Zen Community. He also trained at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center for several years and participated in Sotoshu International angos held in the US and Japan. In 2010 Shoryu received dharma transmission from Okumura Roshi. He holds a B.S. in psychology from Texas A&M University, an M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Texas at Austin, and he is a student of Japanese psychology at the ToDo Institute of Vermont. In 2011 Shoryu founded Gyobutsuji, a small monastery in the Ozark Mountains of Northwestern Arkansas. Monastic practice at Gyobutsuji is centered around monthly sesshins in the style of Okumura Roshi and his teacher, Kosho Uchiyama Roshi.