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 the ways in which we interpret the world and the means by which physical motion trains the mind. He blogs at rawzen.org .
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.
Susan Longenecker says, “I've lived in Austin since about 1993; worked in Florida before that as a marine biologist … I've been married about 15 years, been coming to the Zen Center for six years … have no children … my hobbies are painting and reading and I plan to take up taiko drumming … and I'm involved in the prison outreach program with the Zen Center … ”
Jamie MacLaggan writes “My true path started in 1975, San Francisco Bay area, when I read Frithjof Capra’s Tao Of Physics, and was led to Mu Soeng Sunim’s Heart Sutra: Ancient Buddhist Wisdom in the Light of Quantum Reality. With these tools, it was a short step to Suzuki Roshi’s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind and I began to sit as he instructed; of course, that was the most powerful tool in the kit! I continued to sit when I moved to Austin in 1978. I have lived in the same house with the same spouse for 28 years, raised a family—I’m a grandpa—and I’m still awed by the whole dance … ”
Sharon Meloy says, I started going to AZC last spring after moving here from Colorado. I'm a cardiac nurse but was once a professional photographer and I'm starting to get back my creative energy. I've never written anything for other people to read. I think coming to the zendo has given me a newfound freedom of expression without having to judge myself. I really love the community spirit of AZC!
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 .
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/
Elizabeth Stein is a member of the Houston Zen Center. Her short screenplay, Leaving Death Row, will be published in 2012 in a collection, Demands of the Dead, by the University of Iowa Press.
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 VW bus.