About The Teacher
A Zen priest, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei received transmission of the Precepts from Daido Roshi, who began the process in 2009, and from Shugen Roshi, who completed the transmission in 2012. In 2017, she received full dharma transmission from Shugen Roshi. She currently serves as MRO training coordinator and co-Director of the Zen Center of NYC. Before entering the Monastery in 1990, Hojin Sensei studied fine art and trained under legendary ceramicist Toshiku Takaezu, among others. Over the years she has taught drawing, ceramics, and painting, and continues to teach on the creative process within the Mountains and Rivers Order.
Vanessa Zuisei Goddard was in full-time residential training at Zen Mountain Monastery from 1995 to 2014, fourteen of those years as a monastic. She received dharma transmission from Shugen Roshi in 2018, and is now a senior lay student in the MRO. Zuisei is currently on sabbatical in New York City to devote her time to writing. Her book on running as a form of meditation will be published by Shambhala Publications in late sumer of 2020.