John Graves is a Soto Zen priest in the lineage of Gudo Nishijima and Brad Warner. Brad ordained John on December 21, 2013. He gives talks and zazen instructions occasionally. Additionally, he serves as treasurer on the board of directors for Dogen Sangha Los Angeles. John studies Sanskrit at University of the West. A composer, John sets Buddhist texts, most recently a set of Sanskrit mantras for soprano and alto.