John Bailes trained in Zen at the San Francisco Zen Center for thirteen years. He was ordained a Zen Buddhist Priest in 1977, lived at Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center, a Zen Buddhist monastery, for three years, practiced at Green Gulch Farm, and the City Center in San Francisco during which time he held various positions from garbage man to Abbot’s Assistant and “Head” of the Zendo, the meditation training hall.
From 1984 until 2004 he practiced as an ordinary citizen while receiving a degree in International Political Economy from Harvard University, developing the Investment Advisory and Securities Division of a regional financial planning firm in the Boston area, marrying Jesa Damora, participating in a sailboat race around the world in 2000 - 01, and becoming a professional sailboat captain, USCG 100 Ton Sail, RYA Yacht Master Ocean, and sailing about all over the world.
In 2004 John returned to community Dharma practice and was formally recognized and acknowledged as a Zen Buddhist Teacher by Zoketsu Norman Fischer.
John established One Heart Zen, a Zen Buddhist based religious practice and educational organization in order to share the Zen attitude, spirit and practice with the world; compassionately meeting one another in everything we do everyday.
John works with the Wellesley Buddhist Community and the Multi-Faith team of chaplains developing practices and dialogues which will help us find the courage and develop the strength to relieve suffering, and face the difficulties and complexity of our lives together with equanimity and wisdom.