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Biography of Venerable Thomas Pastor

Thomas Pastor JDPSN is founder (1994) and abbot of Great Bright Zen Center. He began formal study in the Kwan Um School of Zen in the late 1980s with Zen Master Ji Bong and was given inka on April 6, 2002. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Great Bright Zen Center, Thom also teaches an Introduction to Zen Buddhism course at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He initiated a Zen meditation program at Federal Prison Nellis five years ago which now claims one of the highest attendance rates of any volunteer program at that facility. A former professional musician who now serves as secretary/treasurer of the Las Vegas Musicians Union, Thom has performed with over 100 recording and show business luminaries. He is married and the father of two children.


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