Ezra Bayda (born 1944) is a member of the White Plum Asanga and has been practicing meditation since 1970. He originally trained in the Gurdjieff tradition, living in a community led by Robert De Ropp. He began formal Zen practice in 1978, studying first with Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi, and then later with Jakusho Kwong Roshi. In 1992 he began working with Charlotte Joko Beck, and began teaching in 1995, receiving dharma transmission in 1998.
His teachings are a blend of the Zen and Gurdjieff traditions, and are also influenced by Stephen Levine and Pema Chodron, with their emphasis on the need for loving kindness as an essential part of practice. He has been a hospice volunteer for over ten years, and has authored five books, including Being Zen and Zen Heart.
He now lives and teaches at Zen Center San Diego (www.zencentersandiego.org) with his wife and fellow Zen teacher, Elizabeth Hamilton. They also lead meditation retreats in the U.S. and abroad. Ezra also established a sitting group in Santa Rosa, Ca., which he visits once a month (www.santarosazengroup.org).