Bodhi Heat About

about us

Bodhi Heart was
born on a
mountain 7,000 ft.
above sea level.

Bodhi Heat About

With a million self-help books and gurus in the world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you want to make a change. We help you restore your peace of mind with Rolfing, Coaching, and Meditation Classes so you can flourish in peace doing what you love.

I found myself in the mountains studying Zen because — perhaps like you — I felt like the earth’s ground was crumbling beneath my feet. The idea of a good life was beginning to seem meaningless as the world was heating up socially, politically, and environmentally. 

After my Zen training near the summit of Mt. Baldy, I came down from the mountains to San Francisco, founded a Zen temple, and started Bodhi Heart, a center for Holistic Wellness.

Today, Bodhi Heart is in New York City, providing Rolfing, Life Coaching, and Classes on Meditation to help folks thrive in an increasingly complex world.

January 1, 2004

Zen Foundation

After 10 years of training, my Zen Master urged me to open a temple in San Francisco, and to support myself by Rolfing as I worked to help others. So, I started my journey.

January 1, 2004

January 1, 2006

holistic healing

If you want to succeed at something you have to train with good teachers. Thus, for five years, from 2004-2009 I studied with the best holistic healers in the world: in Boulder, L.A., Phoenix, Santa Fe, Vienna, and Berlin. What they taught me continues to prove invaluable as I do my best to help those who want to take care of their bodies.

January 1, 2006

January 1, 2009

Zen – Rolfing

Pursuing my passion for Buddhism, I continued to follow my teacher’s guidance and founded Maha Bodhi Zen Center in San Francisco’s Richmond District to help a small group of devoted folks restore their peace of mind. The Rolfing practice thrived. The temple grew. And an individual coaching practice as well as meditation classes began to flourish as people uncovered more joy, clarity, and confidence in their lives.

January 1, 2009

January 1, 2015

A new path

In 2014 my Zen Master died. I learned that happiness and creativity can be followed by change, death, and loss. After my teacher’s death, in a transformational act of self-renewal, I went to study with a colleague of his—another Zen Master from Japan—to continue my path to spiritual mastery. Giving up all I had accomplished, I set out to start a new chapter in New York City under the excellent guidance of my current teacher, Ven. Seikan Hasegawa. Now I use the difficult lessons I’ve learned about letting go and moving on to guide people who want to live their best lives.

January 1, 2015

January 1, 2018

Land for Zen Study

Grapevine was acquired: a 40-acre property in the foothills of the North Carolina mountains—a holy precinct dedicated to the Zen study of the relationship between substance and phenomena. Because providing a place in nature for people to study and grow is an excellent way to teach about life.

January 1, 2018

January 1, 2019

Temple for Zen Study

In 2019 we acquired a temple in Kyoto for Buddhist study and pilgrimage to the disappearing Old World of purity, nature, beauty, and true spiritual life in Japan. The hope for this temple is to provide a place for you to participate in the profound teachings and experience of Zen.

January 1, 2019

January 1, 2022

The Transformational Self

In addition to teaching Buddhism and writing, I currently work as a Rolfer and as a kind of Spiritual Life Coach with anyone who wants to manifest a better life and a better self. The surest path to happiness is to establish a clear spiritual foundation for your life—whether in a secular or in a religious context—free of social trappings. I chose Buddhism as my path, and I am here to help you—whatever your orientation might be—to integrate and align your body and mind to find and to realize your truth. 

January 1, 2022

Rev. Soken Graf
founder of Bodhi Heart

Rev. Soken Graf  has developed classes and individual coaching programs that address the needs and requests of those who want to look more deeply at their lives to make lasting, transformational changes.

A working body supports a working mind. And vice versa.

Life Coaching supports a healthy state of consciousness. 

Rolfing keeps the body feeling fluid, energized, and light.

Therefore, both Rolfing and Spiritual Coaching help you flourish as a total person.

As you’ll see from the many testimonials on the site, our work supports the life-essence that sustains your health.

Rev. Soken Graf, a Buddhist monk, is the founder of Bodhi Heart, a Center for Holistic and Spiritual Wellness. He has helped people for 15 years and counting. In addition to getting thousands of people out of pain and helping them live their lives to the fullest, he was a contributing consultant on the award-winning American Management Association course, Mindful Leadership, as well as the author of Wiki-How’s course on How to Meditate.

Soken specializes in helping people live their best lives. He has worked as a dedicated guide to spiritual seekers, creators, executives, and professionals, helping them to transform themselves and to create healthy, positive cultures at work, in the world at large, and at home. Currently he is a chief consultant to Umeå University Medical School in Sweden where he helps to guide research with Dr. Jens Bowman on the relationship between narrative therapy, self-compassion, anxiety, and the debilitating effects of imposter syndrome. 

He also works as a Certified Executive Coach with Alo YogaMichael Kors, and others, specializing in Organizational Health and Wisdom-based Human Development. 

Living and working between New York and North Carolina, Soken runs a Buddhist Temple in the foothills of Asheville, North Carolina, and is renovating a Temple in Kyoto, Japan. He writes and publishes essays on life, literature, and Buddhism in magazines such as, The Millions.

Soken gained his Executive Coaching Certificate from New York University, and he’s a member of ICF; the International Coaching Federation.

His advanced study and practice of the healing arts also includes Rolfing, energy medicine, Visceral Manipulation, Craniosacral Therapy, SourcePoint Therapy®, and Cold-Laser Therapy.

He obtained a degree as a Certified Rolfer™ in 2006 at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado, and In 2010, he attained a second degree as a Certified Advanced Rolfer in Vienna and Berlin. He has published several essays on Buddhism, healing, and literature.

Before training in a Zen Buddhist Monastery, where he served as the head monk for five years, Soken traveled widely, studying throughout India and Southeast Asia.

Soken graduated with Highest Honors in Philosophy from the distinguished History of Consciousness Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Soken has 25 years of Buddhist training and currently studies as a disciple of Ven. Seikan Hasegawa.

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