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

Non-Resident Teacher

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.