Dwayne Bohuslav is an architectural designer/installation artist/educator. He currently is an Assistant Professor teaching in the Architecture Program at San Antonio College. As a design instructor, he emphasizes community-based projects that focus on the needs for students to be meaningfully and directly engaged as stewards for their cities. Simultaneously he pursues an intensive artistic practice engaging unlikely sites with large-scale, temporary architectural installations often activated with the collaboration of students and performance artists. Over the past decade he has collaborated with his partner and spouse, Joanne Brigham, on site-specific performance installations in Texas and abroad. Dwayne regularly practices at the San Antonio Zen Center, where he currently serves as Ino. His website is http://www.movingbodies.org/artists.html
Phil Gable was Stagen’s most tenured coach and had been a professional communicator and educator in various fields for over three decades. His lifelong passion for communication led him first to advertising, then to mediation (he was a Certified Professional Mediator), and finally to coaching. He had over 25 years in the marketing communications field. He helped numerous blue chip firms achieve their marketing communications goals, including DuPont, Sun Information Services, Armstrong Floors, and Gore-Tex. As a Certified Professional Mediator, Phil logged hundreds of hours in the field and had developed a series of conflict resolution courses. Phil was also a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. For the past 12 years he studied and trained intensely in various monasteries and Zen centers around the country. In 2010 he was ordained as a Zen Priest at the Austin Zen Center.
Betty Gross has lived in every quadrant of this country, attended university in Florida and Maryland, and borne children in Boulder and Austin. She has worked as a bus driver, groundskeeper, and microbiology research technician. She studied Yoga in India. France, and Greece and has taught yoga for fourteen years in Austin. Her Buddhist study started with Chogam Trunpa Rimpoche, and she has studied Buddhism in Nepal and Tibet. She has been a member of AZC for many years.
Keith Katchtik is the director of Dharma Yoga, down the street from AZC. He served as instructor for the Lineage Project, a Buddhist nonprofit that offers meditation and yoga asana in New York City youth prisons. Before moving back to Austin, he taught at Bliss Yoga Center in Woodstock, was on the faculty of the Omega Institute, and led yoga and meditation retreats in Manhattan, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Italy. Keith's yoga classes in Austin combine elements of the Jivamukti and Anusara traditions. He is author of two books on Buddhism: Hungry Ghost and You Are Not Here & Other Works of Buddhist Fiction. Keith offers a deep bow of thanks to the inspirational teachings of Tias Little, John Friend, Lama Surya Das, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as well as to the wonderful Dharma Yoga sangha.
Brandon Lamson has practiced at the Houston Zen Center since 2005, and is a co-founder of the Houston Dharma Punx. He recently received his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston, and before moving to Houston he taught at various schools in New York City, including at an alternative school for inmates on Rikers Island. His poems and essays have appeared in various literary journals including Hunger Magazine, Brilliant Corners, and Joyce Studies Annual.
Amy Lindsay-Joynt has worked as a professional artist for many years. She writes, "The images are not planned but revealed through a process that begins with random marks. The end result is contingent upon what these random marks suggest. Often the works are landscapes, seascapes or inspired by a poem or story. Whatever the end result, the common denominator is that the image, its texture, its light are metaphors in a visual vocabulary that I have been developing for over 20 years. What I find interesting is not what they mean to me but what others see or how they respond.” See more of her paintings here: http://www.diversearts.org/DALG/events/EAST2009.AmyLindsay-Joynt.shtml
Kim Mosley, a co-editor of Just This, was born in Chicago in 1946. He lived, worked and taught at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bradley University, Southern Methodist University, Lindenwood University and St. Louis Community College (where he was also Dean of Liberal Arts). Kim received a photographer's fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1981. His work is included in collections throughout the country including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. He now lives and works in Austin, TX. His blog, Diaristic Notations, has over 1300 posts of writing and art.
Vickie Schubert has lived in Central Texas her entire life, growing up in Niederwald, attending UT Austin, and living in Austin ever since. After a long career in accounting and finance she is now semi-retired and spends her days gardening, exercising, sitting, playing with her dog, and traveling. Vickie has been involved in contemplative Christianity for over 15 years and has attended the Austin Zen Center for slightly over a year. This work, as with most of her poetry, was inspired by the wonder that abounds in nature, the wonder that is always present, even when you aren’t.
Glen Snyder grew up in Washington state and in Michigan. He lived in Costa Rica for 14 years, first as a Peace Corps volunteer, then as a high school teacher. At present, he lives in Houston and works at Rice University as a geochemist. His research travels have taken him to many places, including Japan, Chile, Nicaragua, El Salvador, New Zealand, China, and Antarctica. Zen Practitioner and student of Setsuan Gaelyn Godwin, he is currently the Ino at the Houston Zen Center. Glen’s work page is: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~gsnyder/
Dokan Rick Wadsworth, a former editor of Just This, is a member of San Antonio Zen Center. Rick describes himself as "an eclectic therapist utilizing a combination of behavioral, cognitive and emotive approaches to assist my clients in change and in experiencing happier lives." The poem came from his experience with his father in hospice.
Sarah Webb, a co-editor for Just This, is an English professor retired from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, where she is Poetry and Fiction editor for their magazine, Crosstimbers. Her teacher is Albert Low of the Montreal Zen Centre. She spends her winters tutoring ESL and writing and her summers traveling the West in her VW van. She walks along the lake in the evening with her rambunctious hound dog Rex.
Dr. Osamu Rosan Yoshida, founder and director of Missouri Zen Center, was ordained by Katagiri Dainin Roshi in 1989 and also by Tsugen Narasaki Roshi, after training at Zuioji Monastery under Tsugen Narasaki Roshi, et al, in 1990. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia Univ. and M.A. from Tokyo Univ. and taught philosophy, religion, global ethic, etc. at Washington Univ., Univ. of Nebraska, Toyo Univ., etc. He authored NO SELF—A Systematic Interpretation of Buddhism, Limitless Life—Dogen’s World, etc. and is active in participating in the Parliament of World’s Religions, etc. and promoting Global Ethic and peace, initiating Global System Ethic Association in Japan and Global System Ethic Society in the U.S.