Shoho Michael Newhall
Guiding Teacher at Jikoji
Shoho Michael Newhall began practicing and studying with Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi in the early seventies. He was ordained in the mid-eighties by Chino Roshi and also in Japan by Kobun's brother Kiebun Otogawa Roshi, with whom he did ceremony and temple training. He also practiced with Dainin Katagiri Roshi and Tozen Akiyama Roshi. Monastery training was with Tenshin Reb Anderson at Tassajara, and also under Kobun Chino Roshi as shuso of angos at both Hokoji and Jikoji temples. In the early nineties he was director at Jikoji. Throughout this time he taught visual arts at various schools and universities, including Naropa University, where he also taught meditation and Buddhism. He received Dharma Transmission in 2004 through Jakko Eso, Vanja Palmer. Since that time Shoho Michael Newhall has been the Resident Teacher and chief priest at Jikoji Zen Center. His detailed biography is available at Shoho Michael Newhall.
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 should know better. Cliff collects and maintains an online archive of the teachings of Jikoji's founder, Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi. He also serves asJikoji's administration oversight manager (aOM). He received Dharma transmission from Shoho Michael Newhall in 2014.
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. He received Dharma transmission from Shoho Michael Newhall in 2015.
Shinbo 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. Joe was ordained as a priest in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki in 2010 and received Dharma transmission in the Lineage of Kobun Chino Otogawa from Shoho Michael Newhall in 2016.
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. Jan was transmitted in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki by Blanche Hartman.