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.

Vanja Palmers – March 31, 2019

Vanja Palmers – March 31, 2019

Vanja Palmers is an animal rights activist of many years, and a Dharma heir of the late Jikoji founder Kobun Chino Otogowa Roshi. Vanja spent 10 years as a monk at Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. In 1981 he co-founded Buddhists Concerned for Animals (BCA), which now operates as Human Farming Association (HFA.) In 1989 he co-founded Puregg, a house of interreligious dialogue, particularly between Christians and Buddhists, where Kobun lead Sesshin for 15 years. In 1998, Vanja founded Stiftung Felsentor in Switzerland, a combined meditation center and animal sanctuary that runs a vegetarian garden restaurant.

Doug Jacobson – March 17, 2019

Doug Jacobson – March 17, 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.

Michael Newhall – Sangha

Michael Newhall – Sangha

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.

Shoho Kuebast – February 17, 2019

Shoho Kuebast – February 17, 2019

After meeting Jikoji founder 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 San Francisco Zen Center, Shoho became a Jikoji resident in 2009. In 2010 joined her partner Kokyo Henkel in Santa Cruz. Since then she trained in the Tibetan Nyingma tradition, which led her to study in Nepal, where she finished studies in Buddhism at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute, and stayed to assist in recovery efforts after a devastating earthquake.

Nehan-e 2019 Dharma Talks - Carolyn Dille

Nehan-e 2019 Dharma Talks - Carolyn Dille

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. https://www.leapingclear.org

Cliff Isberg – January 27, 2019

Cliff Isberg – January 27, 2019

Cliff Isberg practices zen from within the nexus of scientific and mystical religious traditions. He  was a student of Kobun Otogawa from 1970-2002, then of Shoho Michael Newhall, receiving Dharma transmission from Shoho in 2014. Cliff occasionally serves as Jikoji's administration oversight manager, helps orchestrate Jikoji's internet communications, and maintains Jakkoan Zendo and Jikoji Archives.

Yingzhao Liu –January 20, 2019

Yingzhao Liu –January 20, 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.”

Albert Kutchins – Thusness

Albert Kutchins – Thusness

Monshin Albert Kutchins began practicing at San Francisco Zen Center in 1984. In the years following he completed several practice periods in Tassajara and one at Rinso-in in Japan, and received the precepts from Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi and again from Hoitsu Suzuki Roshi. In addition to teaching and practicing the Dharma whenever he can, and serving on the Zen Center Board, he practices law in Berkeley, where he lives with his family and Satchel the dog.

Michael Newhall - New Year's Eve, 2018

Michael Newhall - New Year's Eve, 2018

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. At the close of our annual Denko-e ("Transmission of Light") Sesshin, Michael experientially engages the Satipatthana Sutra on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Body, Feelings, Consciousness, and Mental Factors.

Meido Barbara Anderson – Forgiveness

Meido Barbara Anderson – Forgiveness

Meido Barbara Anderson is the resident teacher and priest at O-An Zendo, one of Jikoji’s sister temples, in Central Pennsylvania. Retired from Penn State University, where she founded and served as the first Director of the Center for Sustainability, she taught courses in multidisciplinary studies in Science, Technology and Society and Green Design. She also served as the Director of Peace Studies. After more than 30 years of practice, Meido will be receiving Transmission from Shoho Michael Newhall this winter.

Meido Barbara Anderson – What is Real?

Meido Barbara Anderson – What is Real?

Meido Barbara Anderson is the resident teacher and priest at O-An Zendo, one of Jikoji’s sister temples, in Central Pennsylvania. Retired from Penn State University, where she founded and served as the first Director of the Center for Sustainability, she taught courses in multidisciplinary studies in Science, Technology and Society and Green Design. She also served as the Director of Peace Studies. After more than 30 years of practice, Meido will be receiving Transmission from Shoho Michael Newhall this winter.