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Roshi Ryuko (Ven. Dr. Jinhye Soendo Tim Langdell 眞惠先道; Thích Hiền Thành) is originally from Oxford, England, and has resided in the Pasadena area of Southern California since around 1990. He ordained as a Brahmajala Priest with Five Mountain Zen Order. He has been practicing Zen since his late teens, having been introduced to Zen through the writings of the likes of Alan Watts, DT Suzuki and Christmas Humphries, and the teaching of the British Zen Master Douglas Harding. Additionally, he has maintained a parallel practice in the Christian faith, becoming a Third Order Franciscan when he was in his early 20s. Growing up as an Anglican, he transferred to the Episcopal faith in 1990, and then eventually became ordained as an Ecumenical (independent from Rome, liberal) Catholic Priest. Further, he also took precepts in the Soto Zen lineage of Maezumi Roshi (White Plum Sangha), receiving the Dharma name Tetsudo at the Zen Center of Los Angeles which he first attended in 1973. He is married with two children, a daughter who is an Episcopal Priest and a son who is a specialist in both medieval and modern literature. His wife is a university professor of English, a Sufi and an author of various books on poetry.

Roshi Ryuko is a Board Certified Palliative, Hospice and Pediatric Chaplain, being certified both as a Christian and Buddhist chaplain; he ministers to patients in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas of Southern California. He holds a Doctorate in Psychology from University College London as well as an M.Div. from Claremont School of Theology. He continues to be very active in both Zen and Christian practice, and remains passionate about the parallels between Buddha's teachings and the Wisdom teachings of Jesus. He is currently the head priest at a liberal, inclusive independent Catholic Church in Hollywood, CA. Roshi Ryuko is a teacher and an author of various books, including "Beginner's Mind: An Introduction to Zen Buddhism," and "Christ Way, Buddha Way: jesus as Wisdom Teacher and a Zen Perspective on His Teachings." He maintains various websites and blogs such as www.christbuddha.org and www.kids-rights.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ven. Jingak Go'san (Mike Ford) was granted authority as a Hwasangnim in the Five Mountain Zen Order in April 2017. He began studying with Ven. Dr. Wonji when the two of them were living in Las Vegas in 2012. On the 16th day of April in the year 2016, Michael Ford (Original Name), Go’son Prajna 成道智 Buddhist Name), Solitary Pine of Wisdom (Translation), Thích Hiền Côtòng took Brahmajala Precepts at Danhwa Soenwon as a Pujari—Priest in the Five Mountain Zen Order.

After finishing his enlistment in the military, Ven. Jingak took a class on Zen Buddhism at the University of California at Los Angeles where he met his first Zen Master Thich Thien An who was teaching the class he was taking. Ven. Go'son, being intrigued by the practice of meditation eventually was ordained in the White Plum Asanga at the Zen Center of Los Angeles where he studied Soto Zen Buddhism for 20 years. While working in Las Vegas he discovered Buddha Dharma University which led to his ordination in the Five Mountain Zen Order. 

He has recently been studying Zongmi and "The Avatamsaka Sutra". Touched by Dogen's "Uji" and Linji's shout. Br. Go'son lives with his wife, daughter and pet dog in Los Angeles, CA
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