Krishna Bhattacharyya has been writing and meditating for about 10 years now. She is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She loves nature, and likes to write and sing about it.
Edward Espe Brown is a former tenzo at Tassajara, author of Tassajara Cookbook and other books. He received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman and is founder and teacher of Peaceful Sea Sangha. He taught a recent weekend at the Austin Zen Center and at that time wrote the message we have included in Just This.
Maku Mark Frank is a member of Missouri Zen Center in St. Louis. His poem “Thousand Year Old Footsteps in the Snow” was inspired by sitting sesshin at Sanshinji.
Ronnie Gaubatz blogs at ronniegaubatz.wordpress.com about motherhood, relationships, and making a life with breast cancer. The selection comes from her blog, Glass Half Full.
Robert Genn, is recognized as one of Canada's most accomplished painters, and his work is well known internationally. While he has painted in many countries, he is perhaps best known for his work portraying his native Canada. Receive his twice-weekly art-letters by going to: http://www.robertgenn.com/
Kathy Goodwin writes, "I just turned 65. I don't feel older, but it feels like some kind of milestone. I want to travel but have no plans yet except to attend my daughter and son-in-law's joint 40th birthday in Denmark. I would like to return to Tassajara as a work study student in the summer season, to visit my aunt and cousins in LA who I haven't seen for more than 40 years, to walk in Ireland, Scotland and/or England, to see Angkor Wat and Yellowstone, and to canoe part of a river.
Xianyang Carl Jerome studied under Zenshin Philip Whalen Roshi at the Hartford Street Zen Center in San Francisco and is now a student of Master Ji Ru of the Mid-America Buddhist Association in Chicago. He teaches at the North Shore Meditation and Dharma Center in Highland Park, IL. He is a friend of Kim Mosley.
Kosho McCall has shared with us “Encouraging Words for the Path” from his Tanto’s talk late at night in sesshin. Kosho practiced at San Francisco Zen Center for 20 years. He trained for 12 of those years at Tassajara Zen Mountain monastery where he became Head of Monastic Practice. Kosho received Dharma Transmission (authorization to teach) from Zenkei Hartman Roshi in 2003 and became Teacher at Austin Zen Center in May of 2009.
Tyler MacNiven’s video, Kintaro Walks Japan, which tells the story of his walking trip from one tip of Japan to the other, was recommended by former AZC resident, Koji Shinjaku.
Kim Mosley, a co-editor of Just This, was born in Chicago in 1946. He 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). His work is in collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. His blog, Diaristic Notations, has over 1300 posts of writing and art.
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 the editor of poetry and fiction for the interdisciplinary 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 van.
Nancy Webber’s photo of the Buddha in the garden reflects her involvement in making the grounds at AZC an inspiring part of practice at the Center. To this task she brought her experience as a landscape designer and interest in a Texas regional interpretation of the zen garden. Nancy volunteers with central Texas environmental causes and is restoring a 60 acre tract of tall grass prairie in southern Milam County where she hopes to live some day in community with other zen practitioners.
Pat Yingst, who wrote of stepping off a 100-foot pole in this issue, began doing Zen meditation in 1988 and has been a member of Austin Zen Center since its inception. She has seven years experience teaching meditation in prisons and is active in the Austin intra-Buddhist prison volunteer organization, Inside Meditation. She served as co-editor for the first five years of Just This. She is partially retired from BMC Software Company, where she still works three days a week as a software developer.