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.  Recent talks are available on JIkoji's Podcasts.  For prior talks, 2014 through 2010, please visit our audio archive at audio.jikoji.org.

Angie Boissevain

Angie Boissevain

Angie Boissevain will give an introductory talk for Kobun's Memorial July 31.  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.

Rev Gengyoku Tim Wicks

 Rev Gengyoku Tim Wicks

Rev Gengyoku Tim Wicks is a disciple of Abbott Rinso Ed Sattizahn and has been practicing at San Francisco Zen Center since 2001.  He was priest ordained in 2014. Tim is a leader of the Meditation and Recovery sangha, working with people in addiction recovery.

He was trained by Zenkei Blanche Hartman in sewing buddha's robe and is a sewing teacher at San Francisco City Center.

Tim is a fine artist who lives and works in San Francisco.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.