Rev. Kyoki Roberts is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and is a founding member of the Order of the Prairie Wind (OPW). She is the senior ordained student of Rev. Nonin Chowaney, Head Priest of Heartland Temple and OPW. She has trained at Hokyo-ji Monastery in Minnesota, San Francisco Zen Center and Green Gulch Farm in California, and Zuio-ji and Shogo-ji monasteries in Japan. Kyoki received Dharma Transmission (permission to teach independently) from Rev. Nonin Chowaney, OPW in June 2001. She was appointed to serve as Deep Spring Temple's first Head Priest.
Kyoki served as vice-president of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association Board and now serves as the chair of their Ethics Committee. She also is a member of the American Zen Teachers Association and is director of An Olive Branch, a facilitation and mediation service for spiritual communities and other nonprofits.
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Associate Priest Rev. Jisen Coghlan was ordained in 2005 by Kyoki. She has completed her monastic training at Shasta Abbey in California and the Chaplaincy program at UPMC.
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Rev. Nonin Chowaney, an American Zen Master, serves as abbot of the Order of the Prairie Wind (OPW). He is Nebraska Zen Center's Head Priest and Teacher. Rev. Chowaney trained with Rev. Dainin Katagari and was ordained by him. He also trained at Tassajara Zen Monastery in California and in Japan at Zuio-ji and Shogo-ji monasteries. He received formal Dharma Transmission from Rev. Katagari and has been certified to teach by him and by the Soto Zen Church in Japan.
Dainin Katagiri came to the United States in 1963 after training at Eihei-ji Monastery and working for the Soto Zen Propagation and Research Institute and then for the Soto Zen Headquarters Office in Tokyo. He practiced and taught at the Zenshu-ji Soto Zen Mission in Los Angeles and later moved to Soko-ji Soto Zen mission and then to San Francisco Zen Center, where he assisted Shunryu Suzuki. He became the first abbot of Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis in 1972. In 1984, while continuing his duties in Minnesota, he became abbot of San Francisco Zen Center. He returned to Minneapolis in 1985. His book Returning to Silence was published in 1988 (Shambhala, Boston & London, 1988). Katagiri-roshi died in 1990. In 1998 You Have to Say Something was posthumously published.
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