Rebecca Otte , Senior Dharma Teacher
Rebecca Otte began Zen practice in 1995 and became a senior dharma teacher in 2007. She was director of the Kansas Zen Center for several years, and then became abbot. She is a founding member of Prairyerth Zen Center and lives in Topeka with her husband, Ken, and her son Jensen, and works as a nurse-midwife.
Guiding Teacher Ji Haeng, Zen Master
Ji Haeng is founder and abbot of the Zen Center of Las Vegas. He began practicing in the Kwan Um school in the late 1980s, and in 2002, he was the last person to receive inka (permission to conduct kong-an interviews) from Zen Master Seung Sahn. He was a professional musician and Secretary/Treasurer of the Musician’s Union of Las Vegas, and he now leads retreats throughout the United States. He is married with two children.
Founding Teacher Seung Sahn, Dae Soen Sa Nim
Zen Master Seung Sahn was the first Korean Zen Master to live and teach in the West. He was the 78th in his line of transmission in the Chogye order of Korean Buddhism. He came to the United States in 1972 and soon after started the Providence Zen Center. It was the first center in what would become the Kwan Um School of Zen, now with over a hundred centers around the world. His books include The Compass of Zen, Dropping Ashes on the Buddha, and Ten Gates. He died in 2004 at Hwa Gye Sah temple in Seoul, South Korea.