Ann Jene Bunyard is a Gemini whose favorite color is Red, favorite band is Led Zeppelin, and favorite words are “thanks Mom, I love you too.”
Mark Bykoski is a member of the Austin Zen Center. He studied Chinese at the University of Maryland and has traveled to China.
Bikkhu Cintita Dinsmore writes, "A lot of construction is disrupting the accustomed stillness at the Sitagu Buddhist Vihara where I live, which will produce a pagoda, a Dhamma hall, many more cottages, and, my particular interest, a dedicated brick library building! Cintita blogs at http://bhikkhucintita.wordpress.com/ .
Lynne Flocke lives in Wimberley, where she enjoys meditating on a rock ledge above the Blanco River. A journalist in Austin decades ago, she’s a recently retired professor of communications law at Syracuse University in New York. She has been a member of Zen centers in Syracuse and Austin.
Kate Freeman lives as a freethinker, poet, writer, and artist in St. Louis, Missouri. Kate blogs at http://katethegreatsblog.blogspot.com/ and at http://deliberatedaydreamer.blogspot.com/ .
Betty Gross 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.
Rev. Joseph W. Hall is a resident priest at the Austin Zen Center. He attends Shogaku Zen Seminary as part of the Shogaku Priest Ongoing Training program. His energy is enthusiastically focused on the nexus between Lay Practice and the Monastic world, and he is fascinated by the ways in which we interpret the world and the means by which physical motion trains the mind. He blogs at rawzen.org .
Jamie Howell, Kogen Seido / Wild, Untamed Source - Sincere Way, began his Zen Practice with Joshu Sasaki Roshi in 1979 at the Mount Baldy Zen Center. In 1983, when he was living in San Francisco and his eldest daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, Jamie began to study with Michael Wenger at the San Francisco Zen Center. He spent the next 28 years raising four children with his wife (now of 41 years) Heidi, working in the music business and later the real estate business while dedicating himself to Zen practice.
Brandon Lamson of the Houston Zen Center recently received his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. Before moving to Houston he taught at various schools in New York City, including at an alternative school for inmates on Rikers Island.
Keigetsu Heather Martin is good at some things, and not so good at some other things. She enjoys floating in the warm seas of happiness, but when she finds herself wrestling the walrus of discontent, it doesn't surprise her any more.
Irene McDonald is a long-time student of Buddhism and Zen. She practices in Houston and tries to follow the advice of her teacher Reb Anderson not to meddle too much with her life. She has just become a doting grandmother.
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.
Peaceful Forest Tim Schorre is a student of Setsuan Gaelyn Godwin and serves as Tanto at Houston Zen Center. He also practices architecture as a partner in Morningside Architects in Houston and practices drawing a lot, as well as photography and video. His visual work may be seen at timothyschorre.com .
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.
Philip Whalen was a poet and teacher at the Hartford Zen Center. His essay is reprinted with permission from Beneath a Single Moon, Shambhala, 1991