Zenways Lineage Teachers:
Shinzan Miyamae Roshi founded Zendo Kyodan (Zenways Sangha).
Shinzan Roshi trained at Shogenji monastery, "the devil's Dojo", which has a reputation for being the strictest training monastery in Japan. He studied with the formidable Kajiura Itsugai Roshi. Recognising his understanding, Itsugai Roshi wished Shinzan to succeed him at Shogenji. Shinzan Roshi instead went on to study at Kokutaiji in the north of Japan. The resident teacher, Inaba Shinden Roshi, requested Shinzan to become the next Zen Master of Kokutaiji.
After completing his koan study, Shinzan Roshi took the unusual step of visiting every Zen Master in Japan seeking to test and deepen his insight. Later he restored Gyokuryuji, the hermitage of the great Zen master Bankei and became the Abbot there.
Julian Daizan Skinner Roshi has received Dharma transmission in both the Rinzai and Soto schools of Zen. He is successor to Shinzan Roshi.
Daizan Roshi returned to the U.K. from Japan in 2007 to share his knowledge of Zen, seeing the unique benefits that Rinzai Zen could bring to people living busy Western lifestyles. Together with his students, has established, “Yugagyo Dojo”, a Zen training centre in London. He travels throughout the U.K. and the world teaching people Zen and Yoga.
Daizan has written a number of books. His book, "Practical Zen: Meditation and Beyond", which sets out his vision of Rinzai Zen practice, was published by Singing Dragon in 2017, the year in which Zenways in the U.K. celebrated its tenth anniversary.
Kevin Jikai Pickard Sensei runs Dorset Zen Society and is a teacher for Zenways.
Kevin first studied Buddhist meditation as an undergraduate student in the late 1980s and early 1990s and formally became a Zen Buddhist in 1997. In 2017 he became a teacher in the Rinzai Zen tradition and teaches under the guidance of Daizan Roshi. He is a also a qualified Zen Yoga teacher.
Kevin works as a Psychotherapist in the NHS and has a particular interest in the application of Zen to psychological and spiritual wellbeing for individuals and their relationships. He is developing a number of courses in this area.
Kevin has a wide knowledge and experience of several schools of Buddhism, Taoist and Buddhist healing and energy practices, and a number of schools of psychotherapy, including Buddhist psychotherapy.