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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.
Rinzai Zen-teacher, 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. He 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 and became a monk under Tangen Roshi at Bukkoku-ji in January 2009. Gensho began lay teaching as a Zenways Meditation and Mindfulness teacher in 2015. He later transferred to 'ZenSpace', becoming a Junior Rinzai Zen-teacher (07/12/17) and a full Rinzai Zen-teacher (24/08/19), under the direction of Barbara Jikai Gabrys Roshi (see above). 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. Gensho is a member of Lay Zen Teachers Association (LZTA).
Alison Kaishin Churchill has been a zen practitioner since 2013, she took Jukai precepts in 2016 and qualified as a junior Rinzai-Zen teacher on the 24/08/19. She is engaged in koan study, initially with Julian Daizan Skinner Roshi and currently with Barbara Jikai Gabrys Roshi (see above). She lived in Japan for a number of years and holds an MA in Japanese Studies from the University of Sheffield's School of East Asian Studies, where she worked for 13 years. She is now an artist and leads regular Zen Brushwork sessions in Sheffield (see Events), which involve meditation, energy-raising exercises and Zen calligraphy using a large brush.
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