My Chado Teachers (about 33)


I consider my chado teachers to have been the introductory ones who inspired me to continue (Koster, Nado, Bartlett), the ones who later patiently moved me along (Cadwallader, Torigai, Takahara), & the one who carried me to chamei (Soyu). With permission, I have sought out other teachers, even for brief contact, & each has been a precious influence.

A Japanese man at John Toler’s Rinzai Zen temple Sogen-In, Ouda-cho, Nara Ken, Japan, Summer 1992, introduced me to folding fukusa, hirademae, miso no dana.

Masumi Koster, Houston (1st 3 beginner’s licenses, 1993); 2x/mo for several years

Noriko Takayama, Houston (after Koster Sensei went to England)

Ron Nado, Kyoto, Japan (Bonryaku series)

Masumi Iwase Kuwayama, Osaka, Japan

Christy Bartlett, Houston & San Francisco (several lessons at both locations through the years)

Midorikai (2 years June 96–June 98 on scholarship, 3X/week + 5X/week during school vacations). Also as a visiting student for short periods, e.g. one month, July 95. Gary Cadwallader, Torigai, Alexandre, John McGee, Sato, Nishi, Kobayashi, Elliott Michinik (ICI), Chida, Hashimoto, Bruce Hamana, Ebina, etc. (next 5 licenses, May, 1998)

Soei (Randy), Kyoto, Japan

Eiko Osaki, Nara, Japan

Glenn Pereira, Boston & Santa Fe

Kathy Lyons & Austin Babcock, Santa Fe

Jennifer Anderson, La Selva, CA

Matsumoto, Los Angeles

Reiko Sugita, Seattle

Saito, San Diego

Bonnie Mitchell (Soshin), Seattle

Keith Snyder, Vancouver

Scott McDougall, Green Gulch Zen Farm, California

Noriko Takahara, Austin, Nov. 20 ’98–July 28 ’00 (1 year, 8 months)

Machiko Kobayashi, Tokyo, Fall ’05 (several weeks)

Keiko Nakada, Albuquerque

Nabeta Tanaka (Soyu), Dallas, Sept ’00–March ’06 (5.5 yrs, 3 teaching certificates & chamei). Moved to Detroit so occasional contacts.