daishin mccabe

Reverend Eric Daishin McCabe is a priest in the Soto Zen school of Buddhism in Japan.  With a keen interest in Ecology and the World’s Faith traditions, he received his B.A. in Religion and Biology at Bucknell University in 1995.  His early mentors were Prof. John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker with whom he studied Interfaith Dialogue with a special interest in Indigenous lifeways.  He subsequently apprenticed with Patricia Dai-En Bennage Roshi of Mount Equity Zendo for 15 years.  During this time, he trained at several Soto Zen Monasteries in Japan as well as in France with the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh.  In 2013, he continued training in the art of spiritual direction and Chaplaincy at Wellspan Hospital in Pennsylvania.  He is recognized as an International Zen Teacher (Kokusaifukyoshi) by the Soto Shu.

At present Daishin teaches at the Pure Land of Iowa, offers Trauma Sensitive Yoga for mental health at Broadlawns Hospital, and lectures on the World Religions at Des Moines Area Community College.  He resides with his wife, Reverend Sara Jisho Siebert, and their son, Malcolm, in Ames, Iowa.


dhammadipa konin cardenas

Ven. Dhammadipa is a resident nun at Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery, having gone forth as a samaneri in the Theravada Forest Tradition in the West, in May 2018. She is also a Dharma Heir of Rev. Shosan Victoria Austin in the Shunryu Suzuki lineage of Zen Buddhism, where she is known as Rev. Konin Cardenas. She took up the practice of Zen in 1987, and was ordained in Zen by Sekkei Harada Roshi at Hosshinji in 2007. In addition to English, she teaches the Dhamma in Spanish, an expression of her Latin heritage. Ven. Dhammadipa is trained as an inter-faith chaplain, and has provided spiritual care in both hospital and hospice settings. She earned an MBA and worked in finance for many years before becoming a full-time practitioner. She greatly enjoys her relationship with her adult daughter, and sewing. 


Meiren Val szymanski

Val began sitting in 1987 at ZCLA; she studied with Diane Martin. In the later 1990s Val led Bamboo in the Wind Sangha in Sunnyvale and worked with both her primary teacher, Roshi Diane Martin and Taigen Dan Leighton, her California teacher.  After years of committed service to the three organizations, Val was priest ordained by Diane Martin on December 8, 2002.  Her focus was continued training with Diane Martin and developing Bamboo in the Wind Sangha.  Moving forward to becoming Head Student at Udumbara Zen Center, Val exited Shuso in December 2005 after teaching for three months on Dongshan's Five Ranks.  In June 2010 Val was Transmitted by Roshi Diane Martin in the Dainin Katagiri lineage with the name, Meiren. 


Clark Strand

Clark Strand is the author of books on spirituality, religion, and ecology, including “WAKING UP TO THE DARK: Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age” and “THE WAY OF THE ROSE: The Radical Path of the Divine Feminine Hidden in the Rosary,” co-authored with his wife Perdita Finn. Strand has written for Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Salon, and numerous other newspaper and online venues. Strand’s first book, “SEEDS FROM A BIRTH TREE: Writing Haiku and the Spiritual Journey,” established him as a leading voice in English language haiku poetry. Today he teaches HAIKU—The Master Class, an online course on Facebook, and sponsors a weekly “Haiku Challenge” on his personal Facebook page for poets from around the world.


Steven Tierney

Steven Tierney, EdD, LPCC is Professor Emeritus Counseling Psychology at the California Institute for Integral Studies. He has been a licensed psychotherapist for more than 35 years. He is also a certified addiction specialist. Steven is an ordained Buddhist priest in the Soto Zen lineage of Suzuki Roshi.  He is the Co-Founder and Chief Educational Officer of the San Francisco Mindfulness Foundation, providing relapse prevention and mindfulness-based services to individuals and families.  Steven has been teaching on topics of meditation, mindfulness, addiction and mental health for more than 25 years.  Dr. Tierney is a graduate of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and holds a post-graduate certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy from Boston University.

Dr. Tierney can be reached at 415-742-0215 or by email at stierney@ciis.edu.