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Our Rinzai lineage Zen Master and Mentor, Barbara Jikai Gabrys Roshi , has studied Rinzai Zen for many years. The foundation of her Zen practice was provided by Kyudo Nakagawa Roshi, Eizan Goto Roshi and Julian Daizan Skinner Roshi. She is a registered Meditation and Mindfulness teacher with Zenways. She then studied with and received Dharma transmission in November 2016, from Shinzan Miyamae Roshi, in the Hakuin-Inzan line of the Rinzai tradition. She continues to deepen her Zen practice under the mentorship of Melody Eshin Cornell Roshi. Her international research experience has made her aware of the need to bridge the gap between different cultures and especially the Eastern and Western ways of life. She believes that cultivation of well-being, with double focus on concentration and openness, will lead to the recognition of true interconnectivity between all sentient beings. To this end she combines various philosophical and practical Zen approaches in her teaching. She is a member of Lay Zen Teachers Association (LZTA) . Further information about Jikai Roshi can be found at her link above.
Zen teacher (junior), Richard Shindo Gensho Jones, has been a Buddhist since 1983. He has practised Zen from 1985, being originally a student of Daido (Yamahata) Hogen Roshi (Abbot of Chogen-ji Temple, Japan and founder of the Open Way Association, Australia and Spain. Gensho later studied with Daisetsu (Harada) Tangen Roshi , Soto Abbot of Bukkoku-ji Zen Temple, Obama-shi, Japan. Gensho has practised Iyengar Yoga since 1973, and combines it with other types of Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong exercises. He took Jukai precepts with Hogen Roshi in March 1998, became a monk, under Tangen Roshi at Bukkoku-ji in January 2009, a Meditation and Mindfulness teacher in 2015 at Zenways and a junior Rinzai Zen-teacher under the direction of Barbara Jikai Gabrys Roshi (see above), on the 07/12/17. Gensho continues his studies under the direction of Jikai Roshi, following the teachings of Shinzan Miyamae Roshi in the Hakuin-Inzan line of Rinzai Zen. He also leads Sheffield ZenSpace and ArrivingHome.
Alison Kaishin Churchill has been a zen practitioner since 2013 and took Jukai precepts in 2016. She is engaged in koan study, initially with Julian Daizan Skinner Roshi and currently with Barbara Jikai Gabrys Roshi. She has been involved in a number of experiments in collective intelligence and inter-subjective consciousness over the last 20 years, such as Community Building, Enlightened Communication and currently Emergent Dialogue. She is one of a group of five visual artists based in three continents engaged in an experiment to explore the creative process beyond the individual. She leads regular Zen Brushwork sessions in Sheffield ( see Events ), which involve meditation, energy-raising exercises and calligraphy using large brushes.
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