Dharma Talks at Jikoji

Dharma Talks are offered at Jikoji every Sunday at 11:40 am.  Our speakers represent a full cross section of Zen practitioners and perspectives ranging from the insight of our teachers immersed in a lifetime of study to the fresh glimpses of the world through the eyes of our newest residents.  The dharma talks are free and donations are gratefully accepted.  For a complete and chronological list of all talks from the last five years, please visit our audio archive at audio.jikoji.org.

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.

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.

Junsei Jana Draka

Junsei Jana Draka

Junsei Jana Drakka runs a 'street ministry' - popularly known as 'The Zendo Without Walls'- taking the Dharma teachings of loving kindness and total acceptance out of the temples and into the streets. Teaching in shelters, hospices and low-income  hotels offers the possibility of peace of mind to all without exception. Junsei travels widely sharing 'Harm Reduction Meditation' in universities, zen centers, hospitals and shelters.

Yingzao Liu and Eric Remington

Yingzao Liu and Eric Remington

Eric and Ying will talk about nature 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.

Eric Remington was an early student of Kobun, Jikoji's Founder, in the early 1970s.  After years spent studying with Kobun and founding a school for children, Eric was ordained and subsequently trained at Tasajara Monastery for a year.  He became a biologist and naturalist before living for several years in the desert, and recently joining Jikoji as a Resident.

DT: Tokuho Cliff Isberg

DT: Tokuho Cliff Isberg

Cliff Isberg 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.

Hogan Martin

Hogan Martin

Hogan (Michael Martin) has been living at Jikoji for about five months.  Several different types of practice and teachings shape him.  He finds great joy in the exploration of apparent connections, parallels, and contradictions.  There is work to be done – hurrah!

DT: Shoho Kuebast

DT: 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.

DT: Eric Remington and Yingzhao Liu

Eric and Ying will talk about nature 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.

Eric Remington was an early student of Kobun, Jikoji's Founder, in the early 1970s.  After years spent studying with Kobun and founding a school for children, Eric was ordained and subsequently trained at Tasajara Monastery for a year.  He became a biologist and naturalist before living for several years in the desert, and recently joining Jikoji as a Resident.

Doug Jacobson

Doug Jacobson

Doug Jacobson, a Jikoji Resident, recently received Dharma transmission from Shoho Michael Newhall.  In his professional life he is a civil/tunnel engineer.  He serves as Jikoji's maintenance oversight manager (MOM), and also assists prisoners with Buddhist practice.

 

 

Shinbō Joseph Hall

Shinbō Joseph Hall

Joe Hall is the 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.

Renshin Bunce

Renshin Bunce

Renshin Bunce received priest ordination from Zenkei Blanche Hartman in 2003, and dharma transmission from the late Myogen Steve Stucky in 2013.  She teaches sewing at San Francisco Zen Center and has a weekly sitting group in San Mateo.  She lives on the peninsula where she works as a hospice chaplain.

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.

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 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.

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Ph.D., is an author and ordained Zen Buddhist priest. She combines Zen meditation, intuitive knowing, and indigenous wisdom in a path of liberation. She applies spiritual teachings to our lived experiences in the context of race, sexuality, and gender and at the same time hold these experiences as gateways to absolute freedom. With her own insights and creative teachings she encourages us to make a commitment to freedom and take refuge in it. Ultimately, she invites meditations on the nature of embodiment within a boundless life. As a teacher she continues as a student by dedicating herself to ongoing study and dharma practice (including yearly residential retreats) and to deepening continually her understanding and embodiment of the Buddha’s teachings.

Onryu Patrick Teverbaugh

Onryu Patrick Teverbaugh

Onryu Patrick Teverbaugh, Practice Leader, was ordained as a priest in 1999 and received Dharma Transmission from Katherine Thanas in January, 2011. He organizes activities for Santa Cruz Zen Center's Global Sangha, those interested in practicing with social and environmental issues.

These activities include a weekly lunch for a local homeless shelter, a weekly recovery group, and marching in the local LGBT parade. Patrick also helps coordinate Contributing Memberships, fundraising events, and shares the role of Ino, managing zendo roles and activities.

Junsei Jana Drakka

Junsei Jana Drakka

Junsei Jana Drakka runs a 'street ministry' - popularly known as 'The Zendo Without Walls'- taking the Dharma teachings of loving kindness and total acceptance out of the temples and into the streets. Teaching in shelters, hospices and low-income  hotels offers the possibility of peace of mind to all without exception. Junsei travels widely sharing 'Harm Reduction Meditation' in universities, zen centers, hospitals and shelters.

Eric Remington

Eric Remington was an early student of Kobun, Jikoji's Founder, in the early 1970s.  After years spent studying with Kobun and founding a school for children, Eric was ordained and subsequently trained at Tasajara Monastery for a year.  He became a biologist and naturalist before living for several years in the desert, and recently joining Jikoji as a Resident.

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.