Rebecca Nie received the transmission from The Venerable Zen Master Hwawun Yangil, a patriarch of the Korean Jogye Order. She is the 24th generation lineage holder of the order. Rebecca has taught Zen in the United States, Canada, and Bhutan. She is the Professional Advisor of Stanford Zen Society, where she leads weekly meditation sessions, meet with students one-on-one, host visiting teachers, and partake in interfaith dialogues. In this talk, Rebecca discusses her path and experience with Koan study, and the role of Koans as a practice in Zen.
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. In this talk, Ying addresses simplicity: in life and in practice as one dharma.
Reirin Alheidis Gumbel is currently the Resident Priest and Teacher at the Milwaukee Zen Center in Wisconsin. After many years of being a lay practitioner, she was trained at the San Francisco Zen Center, where she lived as a monastic for almost 12 years. She was ordained as a Soto Zen Priest by Furyu Nancy Schroeder in 2007, served as shuso in 2012, and is in the process of Dharma Transmission. In this talk from July 1st, 2018, she discusses the Five Skandhas, Karma, & Consciousness from a Buddhist perspective.
These 5 talks are from our June 2018 Genzo-e Sesshin with Kokyo Henkel, Head Teacher at Santa Cruz Zen Center, where we studied a section of Dogen’s Shobogenzo titled: “The Ten Directions” (Jippo). ‘A Zen ancestor once said, “The entire world of the ten directions is the radiant light of the self. The entire world of the ten directions is within the radiant light of the self. In the entire world of the ten directions, there is not a single person that is not the self.”’ Listen & explore the wondrous meaning and implications of these profound meditation instructions.
Doug Jacobson, a Jikoji Resident, 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. In this Sunday talk from June 17th, Doug discusses guidelines, rules, or vows within Buddhism as a trellis to support growth of one’s life. He also emphasizes the 27th of Santideva’s 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, which encourages the practitioner to consider all agents of harm as a precious treasure.
Ellen Richter began her zen practice with Kobun Chino Roshi 40 years ago in Santa Cruz. Later she resided at the Zen Center of Los Angeles for two years where she was lay ordained by Maezumi Roshi and studied with Joko Beck. After a three-year stay in Japan, Ellen returned to Santa Cruz to raise her son, David, and to continue working as an early childhood educator. In 2013 she was ordained as a priest by Angie Boissevain.
Carolyn Dille is a poet and writer who facilitates creativity retreats and workshops for both groups and individuals. She has been practicing Buddhist and other meditative forms for over 30 years and teaches dharma in the Vipassana Insight and Soto Zen traditions. She holds dharma transmission from Angie Enjo Boissevain and is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s CDL program.
Kyuho Andy Acker is a resident at Jikoji and recently ordained as a priest in the lineage of Kobun Chino, Roshi. He has an Interdisciplinary B.A. in Psychology and Religion from Naropa University and a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In this talk, Andy speaks about the mysterious Chinese Zen figure of Layman Pang as a gateway to discussing connections and differences of lay and monastic practices within Buddhism.