Gerow Reece – September 1, 2019

Gerow Reece – September 1, 2019

Gerow Reece first sat with Yamada Reirin Roshi and the young monk, Maezumi Sensei, in the old brick Zenshuji in Los Angeles in the early 60s. He then practiced with Robert and Ann Aitken at Kokoan in their home in Honolulu. While studying in Kyoto, Japan, he sat at Antaiji with Uchiyama Roshi and later with Morinaga Roshi at Daishu-in and Kobori Nanrei at Ryoko-in, never settling on one person as teacher until the arrival of his son. Gerow serves Ceremonial Tea and teaches calligraphy at Jikoji. Gerow's Sunday Dharma Talk followed the conclusion of his weekend Calligraphy Workshop.

Mike Newhall – August 18, 2019

Mike Newhall – August 18, 2019

Shoho Michael Newhall began practicing and studying with Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi in the early seventies, and was ordained by Kobun in the mid-eighties. In the early nineties he was director at Jikoji Zen Center. Throughout this time he taught visual arts at various schools and universities, including Naropa University, where he also taught meditation and Buddhism. Since that time, Mike has been the Resident Teacher and chief priest at Jikoji.

Doug Jacobson – August 4, 2019 – Dogen's Bendowa & the Pursuit of the Truth

Doug Jacobson – August 4, 2019 – Dogen's Bendowa & the Pursuit of the Truth

Doug Jacobson began practicing Zen in Minneapolis in 1974 with Dainin Katagiri Roshi, and had Jukai in 1977. He was a householder, father, contractor, and civil engineer in Southern California for 25 years. Doug came to Jikoji in 2008, and received priest ordination in 2010, and transmission in 2015, from Shoho Michael Newhall. He currently serves Jikoji as a teacher and resident. He also assists prisoners with Buddhist practice.

Carolyn Dille – July 21, 2019 – Sandokai

Carolyn Dille – July 21, 2019 – Sandokai

Carolyn Dille 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. As a poet and writer she has facilitated creativity retreats. Carolyn is the founding editor of Leaping Clear, an online journal for artists who practice contemplation.

Michael Newhall - July 14, 2019

Michael Newhall - July 14, 2019

Shoho Michael Newhall began practicing and studying with Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi in the early seventies, and was ordained by Kobun in the mid-eighties. In the early nineties he was director at Jikoji Zen Center. Throughout this time he taught visual arts at various schools and universities, including Naropa University, where he also taught meditation and Buddhism. Since that time, Mike has been the Resident Teacher and chief priest at Jikoji.

Mark Adams – Pain, Suffering, and the Noble Truths

Mark Adams – Pain, Suffering, and the Noble Truths

Mark Adams's path in Zen began in earnest in 1989 with the winter residential practice (Ango) period at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center and his first teacher, Zoketsu Norman Fischer, who set him on a 30 year path. In 2009, Mark received the Jukai precepts and lay ordination from Eiko Carolyn Atkinson, a dharma heir of Jikoji founder Kobun Chino Otagowa Roshi. In 2018 Shoho Michael Newhall, Jikoji's guiding teacher, ordained Mark as a Zen priest in Kobun's Phoenix Cloud lineage. Taizan Mark's talk will be on “Pain, Suffering, and the Noble Truths," and will also tie in with his Science & Buddhism discussion at 2 pm that afternoon.

Michael Newhall – June 23, 2019

Michael Newhall – June 23, 2019

Shoho Michael Newhall began practicing and studying with Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi in the early seventies, and was ordained by Kobun in the mid-eighties. In the early nineties he was director at Jikoji Zen Center. Throughout this time he taught visual arts at various schools and universities, including Naropa University, where he also taught meditation and Buddhism. Since that time, Mike has been the Resident Teacher and chief priest at Jikoji.

Jen Hohman – Transformation & Zen Practice – June 9, 2019

Jen Hohman – Transformation & Zen Practice – June 9, 2019

Setsuho Jennifer Hohman received Jukai in October 2009. She teaches hot yoga and was the manager of a busy yoga studio in Silicon Valley for 6 years. On January 8, 2016 life as she knew it changed drastically and the HER2+ Invasive breast cancer diagnosis sparked a healing journey that led her back to Jikoji where she has been on retreat for the past 22 months. Her talk will be on Transformation & Zen Practice.

Doug Jacobson – May 26, 2019

Doug Jacobson – May 26, 2019

Doug Jacobson began practicing Zen in Minneapolis in 1974 with Dainin Katagiri Roshi, and had Jukai in 1977. He was a householder, father, contractor, and civil engineer in Southern California for 25 years. Doug came to Jikoji in 2008, and received priest ordination in 2010, and transmission in 2015, from Shoho Michael Newhall. He currently serves Jikoji as a teacher and resident. He also assists prisoners with Buddhist practice. Doug's talk will tie in with the Science & Buddhism, later that afternoon, on Mindfulness & intimacy.

Ben Connelly – Mindfulness & Intimacy – May 12, 2019

Ben Connelly – Mindfulness & Intimacy – May 12, 2019

Ben Connelly is a Soto Zen teacher and Dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage, and is based at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center. He teaches mindfulness in a wide variety of secular contexts including police and corporate training, correctional facilities, and addiction recovery and wellness groups. Ben travels to teach across the United States. His most recent book is "Mindfulness & Intimacy"

Rebecca Nie – The Korean Jogye Order – May 5, 2019

Rebecca Nie – The Korean Jogye Order – May 5, 2019

Rebecca Nie received 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, meets with students one-on-one, hosts visiting teachers, and partakes in interfaith dialogues.

Cynthia Kear – Everyday Practice, Authentic Living – April 28, 2019

Cynthia Kear – Everyday Practice, Authentic Living – April 28, 2019

Ryotan Cynthia Kear has practiced Soto Zen Buddhism for over 25 years. She received Jukai from Zen Center Abbot Paul Haller in 2004. In 2008 she was given priest ordination by Darlene Cohen, her heart teacher, from whom she also received Dharma Transmission in December 2010. In 2009 Cynthia graduated from the Shogaku Zen Institute. Cynthia has taught Mindfulness and Multi-tasking at the University of Washington as part of a NSF-funded research project based on Darlene’s book, "The One Who Is Not Busy." She leads workshops and gives Dharma talks throughout the Bay Area. Cynthia has 26 years of recovery, and co-leads a sangha for meditation and recovery. As a full-time employee, Cynthia considers the questions of practice in the “marketplace” to be of keen interest.

Yingzhao Liu – April 21, 2019

Yingzhao Liu – April 21, 2019

Ying is a former resident Jikoji, together with her partner Nick and their baby Sage. She most recently worked at LinkedIn as the director of User Experience Design for international markets, and taught a course at Stanford University called Designing for Well-Being. Ying is guided by Einstein’s wisdom in facing the challenges of our world: “You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.”

Misha Merrill – April 14, 2019

Misha Merrill – April 14, 2019

Misha Merrill is a Zen teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, Roshi of the San Francisco Zen Center. She received Dharma Transmission from his disciple, Les Kaye, in 1998, and since 1993 has been the guiding teacher of Zen Heart Sangha on the Peninsula. Misha also teaches young children at the Peninsula School of Menlo Park. She lives in the hills above Stanford with her husband and four-footed friends, and joyfully cultivates a large garden.

Michael Newhall – Tanjo-e 2019 – Heart Sutra Summation

Michael Newhall – Tanjo-e 2019 – Heart Sutra Summation

Shoho Michael Newhall began practicing and studying with Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi in the early seventies, and was ordained by Kobun in the mid-eighties. In the early nineties he was director at Jikoji Zen Center. Throughout this time he taught visual arts at various schools and universities, including Naropa University, where he also taught meditation and Buddhism. Since that time, Mike has been the Resident Teacher and chief priest at Jikoji.