The sangha (community) is led by Sensei Ray Ruzan Cicetti, dharma heir to Roshi Robert Kennedy in the White Plum lineage. Sensei Ray received dharma transmission in December 2004 and is Roshi Kennedy's sixth dharma successor.
Sensei is the resident lay teacher at The Empty Bowl Zendo. He is also a psychotherapist in private practice with an emphasis on stress related problems, relationship issues, and bringing spirit back into the therapeutic relationship. Sensei is married with a grown son and two grandchildren.