Charlotte Joko Beck was a renowned Zen teacher, co-founder of the Ordinary Mind Zen School and former head
of the San Diego Zen Center. In the 1960s she trained under Hakuun Yasutani Roshi and Soen Nakagawa Roshi,
and later began training under Hakuyu Maezumi Roshi, moving to Zen Center of Los Angeles in 1977. In 1983
she became the 3rd Dharma heir of Maezumi Roshi. She then founded the Zen Center of San Diego, and taught
there until 2006. Joko semi-retired in 2006 and moved to Prescott, Arizona, founding the Zen Center of
Prescott. She passed away on June 15th, 2011 at the age of 94. She was the author of:
- Everyday Zen: Love and Work. 1989. Harper Row. ISBN 0-06-060734-3.
- Nothing Special: Living Zen. 1994. Harper Row. ISBN 0-06-251117-3.
A chapter discussing her work can be found in L. Friedman's book, Meetings with Remarkable Women: Buddhist Teachers in America. 1987. Boston & London: Shambhala.