Rev. Steve Aishi Sarian, Sensei, MA, CEAP, ICCS, ICCPS was drawn to Zen in the late ’80’s on a quest for spiritual intimacy. He began studying with Joko Beck and Nicolee Jikyo McMahon Roshi in early 1991. In 1995 he pursued ordination with Jikyo Roshi as his sole teacher, and she ordained him in 1998. He is a founding member of (TTZC) Three Treasues Zen Community and was the President of the Board of Directors. Aishi completed his studies leading to receiving Transmission from Jikyo Roshi in 2015.
Steve is currently the Army Substance Abuse Program Manager, Employee Assistance Program Coordinator, and Prevention Coordinator of Sierra Army Depot, and the past Director of the Navy’s Drug and Alcohol Counselor School . He has been in the substance abuse and addictions field since 1981. Boundaries, burnout, peer assistance, spirituality and death and dying are his top professional interests. Steve is also a 20 yr. Navy veteran, college instructor, Hospice Chaplain, and hospice volunteer Trainer. He is an avid CrossFitter and happily married to his wife Carole, a fellow practitioner, an HHP (Holistic Healthcare Practitioner), Writer and Special Education Teacher, who partners with him in many of the occupational and vocational activities and life’s adventures, including riding their Harley. Together they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.