Cliff Isberg

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 should know better.  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 (aOM).

Peter Szydlowski

Peter Szydlowski

Many years ago, Peter Szydlowski was ordained as a Zen Priest by Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi at Jikoji. On those infrequent occasions  when he is due to talk at a Sunday program or sesshin, he tends to focus on zazen, "just sitting", presence, and/or silence. He usually works outdoor kinhin into the schedule--he was, after all, a  National Park ranger for 16 years. He is still an avid hiker and traveler, "grampa" of five, and past Jikoji board president.

Hans Vanja Palmers

Hans Vanja Palmers

Zen Priest Hans Vanja Palmers, Dharma Heir of Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi , in 1989 together with the Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast founded Puregg, Haus der Stille ('House of the Silence') in Austria.  Amongst other initiatives, Vanja Palmers is also co-founder of the meditation center Felsentor ('Rock Gate'), a small Zen-Buddhist inspired community which finds guidance in the meditative and contemplative traditions of all religions.