Kenneth Setsuzan Kushner founded the Zen Dojo of Wisconsin (formerly Chozen-ji Betsuin/International Zen Dojo of Wisconsin) in 1982. Kushner Roshi received inka shomei (“mind stamp”, designation as Zen Master) from Tenshin Tanouye Rotaishi. He is the principal instructor of the Madison Dojo as well as the Head Master of the Chozen-ji School of Kyudo (“Zen Archery”). Kushner Roshi serves on the Board of Directors of the Zen Dojo of Wisconsin and of the Institute for Zen Leadership and is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of One Arrow, One Life: Zen, Archery and Enlightenment and co-author of Zen Kyudo. In recent years, Kushner Roshi has been concentrating on hara development and writes a blog on the subject. haradevelopment.org


Gordon Hakuun Greene began his koan training with Tenshin Tanouye Rotaishi, Abbot of Daihonzan Chozen-ji, in 1978, becoming ordained in 1987 and receiving inka in 1997. He ended his work as a faculty member of the School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii in 2006, moving to Wisconsin in order to develop a rural Zen training center. While supervising the building of the Spring Green Dojo, he recognized how readily the hard work reinforced the breath and posture necessary for useful meditation, leading to a teaching emphasis on the manual labor of Zen meditation. He is currently the resident priest for Spring Green Dojo. He continues to deepen his understanding of how people can learn to face suffering through his work as a chaplain. Shodo (Zen calligraphy) is also an integral part of his Zen training. zencalligraphy.org




Ginny Jiko Whitelaw is the founder and President of the Institute for Zen Leadership. She began her Zen training under Tenshin Tanouye Rotaishi and Hosokawa Roshi, and continued under Greene Roshi, from whom she received inka. Whitelaw Roshi was ordained as a priest in the Chozen-ji line of Rinzai Zen in 1996. She is also the President of Focus Leadership, and has, for more than 25 years, developed leaders at such companies as Novartis, Dell, Merck, T. Rowe Price, Sprint, Mercer, Ascension Health, and JNJ. She has authored 4 books including, The Zen Leader, and co-developed the FEBI® – a personality assessment linking mind and body. Formerly the Deputy Manager for integrating NASA’s Space Station Program, she holds a doctorate in biophysics, as well as a 5th degree black belt in Aikido. Whitelaw Roshi’s current focus has been to bring Zen training and Zen leadership development to an international audience. institutezenleadership.org



Patricia Dravis Greene began Zen and martial arts training in 1975. Her Zen teachers were Tenzan Gensho Rokoji (Toyoda Shihan), Tenshin Tanouye Roshi, and Kyoen Honda Roshi, from whom she received inka. She started practicing martial arts in Aikido and eventually expanded to Tai Chi and Hojo training.

In 1989, Patricia moved to Honolulu, Hawaii to train with Tanouye Roshi at Daihonzan Chozen-ji, a headquarters temple in the Rinzai Zen lineage. While under his training and encouragement, Patricia studied cooking, including traditional Zen temple cooking and Kado (Way of the Flower). She moved with her family in 2006 to Spring Green, Wisconsin to help start the Spring Green Dojo where she now serves as tenzo (temple cook). She is the author of “A Feast of the Senses."




Daihonzan Chozen-ji was established in 1972 by Omori Sogen Rotaishi, a direct Dharma successor of the Tenryu-ji lineage of Rinzai Zen. He was also a successor of Yamaoka Tesshu’s Taishi School of Calligraphy and of the Jikishinkage School of fencing. In 1979, Omori Rotaishi established Daihonzan Chozen-ji as the main temple and headquarters of a new line of Zen with his Dharma successor, Tanouye Tenshin Rotaishi, as the abbot. Tanouye Rotaishi was a martial artist of extraordinary abilities; he held certificates of mastery in seven martial arts. Given this background, he revolutionized Zen training with his principle of “Ki-ai First!”– to cultivate and live into one’s essential spiritual energy as the primary focus. Tanouye Rotaishi taught that this spirit is cultivated physically through one’s own breath and center, and he developed an accessible method for this practice that emphasized the interruption of habits and attachments.

Daihonzan Chozen-ji, Honolulu, Hawai’i

Daihonzan Chozen-ji, Honolulu, Hawai’i