Jill Kaplan

Jill Kaplan

Born in Chicago, Jill Kaplan moved to the Bay Area in 1977 where she raised two boys and taught school for many years. Jill discovered Zen practice in 1993 and returned to graduate school in 1995. Working as a psychologist, she trained in Sandplay, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and in Body Soul Rhythms with Jungian analyst Marion Woodman, and studied Zen with Darlene Cohen. Jill recieved dharma transmission from Misha Shungen Merril in 2013. Her talks are informed by her body-focused meditation practice.

Tersar Tulku Yingrik Drubpa Rinpoche

Tersar Tulku Yingrik Drubpa Rinpoche

Tersar Tulku Yingrik Drubpa' talk will be on “Calm Abiding Meditation in Tibetan Tradition".    He was born into the Khangsar tribe of Golok, a pastoral, nomadic society in eastern Tibet. His Dharma name is Padma Thubten Rigdzin. From a young age, he received instruction in the precious Buddhist scriptures and sacred essential heart-essence teachings from many Lamas and Tulkus. He was recognized by Gomma Khanpo Lotsul as the reincarnation of Tulku Dordra. Lama Tashi Phuntsok predicted that Tersar would promote Buddhism around the world.  He prepared for a Master's Degree at Peking University but left for the United States before completing his studies. Currently, he resides in Bay area California where he has established the Tibetology organization and Gankyil Organization focuses all of his energy on promoting Buddhism. 

Shoho Michael Newhall

Shoho Michael Newhall

Shoho Michael Newhall was ordained and transmitted by Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi. Prior to his installation as Jikoji’s Resident Teacher, he taught art and Buddhism at Naropa University, the Art Institute of Chicago, and other universities in the midwest. He leads sesshins and meditation workshops at Zen centers in the U.S. and Europe. Shoho has also practiced and studied with Keibun Otogawa in Japan, Dainin Katagiri Roshi, and Tenshin Reb Anderson.

Kokyo Henkel

Kokyo Henkel

Kokyo Henkel leads a new generation of Buddhist scholars and is currently Head Teacher at Santa Cruz Zen Center. Kokyo's interests include looking at how the classic original teachings of Buddha-Dharma from ancient India, China, and Japan are still very much alive and useful in present-day America to bring peace and harmony to this troubled world. This talk will conclude Genzo-e Sesshin - June 23th - 26th, led by Kokyo.

Yingzhao Liu

Yingzhao Liu

At 18, Ying arrived in the U.S from China.  Now she leads design efforts for emerging markets at LinkedIn. She’s also a translator and interpreter, and an experiential and outdoor educator. She has traveled to five continents and 30 countries, always affirmed by people's relationship with the environment they live in--their creativity and spirituality in everyday life. At a young age she envisioned a world without borders and is constantly inspired by the next generation of global citizens and their steady movement toward connection.

Shoho Kuebast

Shoho Kuebast

After meeting Kobun Chino Roshi in Austria, Shoho received priest ordination in 2000 from Vanja Palmers and traveled to US/Tassajara to receive training. Having studied at all three centers of the SFZC, Shoho became resident of Jikoji in 2009. By 2010 she moved to join her partner Kokyo's life in Santa Cruz. Since then she picked up training in the Tibetan Nyingma tradition, which also led her to study in Nepal, where she recently finished studies Buddhism at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute, and stayed to assist in recovery efforts after a devastating earthquake.

Ryotan Cynthia Kear

Ryotan Cynthia Kear

Ryotan Cynthia Kear (Horyu Ryotan-Dharma Stream Completely Overflowing) has been practicing Soto Zen Buddhism for over 25 years. She received Jukai (lay ordination) from Zen Center Abbot Paul Haller in 2004. In 2008 she was given Shuke Tokudo (priest ordination) by Darlene Cohen, her heart teacher, from who she also received Dharma Transmission in December 2010. In 2009 Cynthia graduated from the Shogaku Zen Institute, a three-year Zen seminary training program. Cynthia has taught Mindfulness and Multi-tasking at the University of Washington as part of a National Science Foundation-funded research project based upon Darlene’s book The One Who Is Not Busy. A member of San Francisco Zen Center and Russian River Zendo, she leads workshops and gives Dharma talks throughout the Bay Area.  In 2004, she founded the Wild Geese Sangha, which explores daily practice in the non-monastic world. She leads the Upstairs Sangha, a group which meets bi-monthly to sit and study, and she co-leads a sangha for meditation and recovery. Additionally, Cynthia has 26 years of recovery. As a full-time employee, Cynthia considers the questions of practice in the “marketplace” to be of keen interest.

Shinbo Joe Hall

Shinbo Joe Hall

oe Hall is Tanto (practice leader) at Jikoji Zen Center.  His energy is enthusiastically focused on the nexus between Lay Practice and the Monastic world and he is fascinated by the ways in which we interpret the world and the means by which physical motion trains the mind. He wakes up in the morning excited to witness the ongoing birth of American Zen. His favorite words are Sublime, Exquisite, and Ravissant.

Angie Boissevain

Angie Boissevain

Angie studied with Kobun while she was raising three sons, being a wife and writing poetry.He called her the enlightened housewife. During the last thirty-plus years of her practice with him she served as a teacher and director at Jikoji, a retreat center she helped to establish for Kobun in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Ian Forsberg

Ian Forsberg

Ian Hakuryu Forsberg began zazen practice in his teens and was ordained by Kobun at Haiku Zendo in 1977. Ian practiced with Kobun and the Sangha in California at Haiku Zendo, Hidden Villa Ranch and later at Jikoji. In 1987 he went to Taos for three months to help build Hokoji Zen Center and never did leave. Ian is now the Resident Teacher at Hokoji and builds homes in Taos.

 

Ben Connelly

Ben Connelly

Ben Connelly is a Soto Zen teacher and Dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage. He teaches at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center. Ben is also a professional musician and teaches mindfulness in a wide variety of secular contexts. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  In this time of social and political turmoil Ben will be using examples from our very current lives to talk about the practice of Yogacara.   His recent book "Inside Vasubandhu's Yogacara" is a practical, down-to-earth guide to Vasubandhu's classic work "Thirty Verses of Consciousness Only" that can transform modern life and change how you see the world.  Connelly's warm and wise voice unpacks and contextualizes its wisdom, showing us how we can apply its ancient insights to our own modern lives, to create a life of engaged peace, harmony, compassion, and joy.  This is a great introduction to a philosophy, a master, and a work whose influence reverberates throughout modern Buddhism. 

Shoho Michael Newhall

Shoho Michael Newhall

Shoho Michael Newhall was ordained and transmitted by Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi. Prior to his installation as Jikoji’s Resident Teacher, he taught art and Buddhism at Naropa University, the Art Institute of Chicago, and other universities in the midwest. He leads sesshins and meditation workshops at Zen centers in the U.S. and Europe. Shoho has also practiced and studied with Keibun Otogawa in Japan, Dainin Katagiri Roshi, and Tenshin Reb Anderson.

YIngzhao Liu

YIngzhao Liu

Ying will talk about the new year and the dharma.  At 18, Ying arrived in the U.S from China.  Now she leads design efforts for emerging markets at LinkedIn. She’s also a translator and interpreter, and an experiential and outdoor educator. She has traveled to five continents and 30 countries, always affirmed by people's relationship with the environment they live in--their creativity and spirituality in everyday life. At a young age she envisioned a world without borders and is constantly inspired by the next generation.

Cliff Isberg

Cliff Isberg

Cliff likes to talk about zen practice from the perspectives of science and of western monastic and biblical traditions.  At 80, and after almost 50 years of practice, he received Dharma Transmission from Shoho Michael Newhall.    Cliff collects and maintains an online archive of the teachings of Jikoji's founder, Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi.  He also serves as Jikoji's administration oversight manager.

Dan Zigmond

Dan Zigmond

Dan Zigmond was ordained as a priest by Kobun Chino Otagawa Roshi in 1998, and was Shuso with Michael Newhall in 2009. He has been a regular speaker at Jikoji over the years. In addition to his day job at Facebook as director of analytics, he is a Contributing Editor at Tricycle, and an occasional contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle. His recent book is "Buddha's Diet".  He also started two wheelchair factories in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Trout Black

Trout Black

Trout was the first person Kobun ordained, was the teacher for 4 sesshins, and then, when he heard the sound of Wakan’s drumming circle, changed his dawn-practice to listening to Tatewari, Grandfather Fire.  Now, these years later, zazen is again sitting Trout’s life, and he sees Zen from quite a different perspective than before.  His talk will share his perspective of “Returning”, about opening Bayview Zendo in San Rafael, and the questions he is listening to is about the core of Zen Buddhism.