Zen Master Ji Bong is the Buddhist name of Robert Moore Ph.D. He is the Founding Teacher of the Golden Wind Zen Order, and head of the Golden Wind Zen Center. Ji Bong DSSN began studying Buddhism and Zen meditation under the Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1969 while at Yale University. In 1997, he received Dharma transmission and the title “Soen Sa Nim” (Zen Master) from Seung Sahn. Ji Bong DSSN is also the guiding teacher of the Blue Heron Zen Community in Seattle.
Zen Master Ji Bong has a long-standing interest in many subjects, ranging from film history to the connections of martial arts with Zen practice. He is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Southern California, where he teaches music theory and composition. He is also the father of three, and lives with his wife Jae-Hee Choi in Long Beach, CA.
Ann has been a student of Zen Master Ji Bong since 2002. She received inka (permission to teach) in 2015, and became a “Ji Do Poep Sa Nim” (Dharma Master) at the Golden Wind Zen Center.
A former newspaper reporter, Ann and her husband live in Seal Beach.
Zen Master Jeong Ji (Anita Feng) has practiced Zen in the lineage of Zen Master Seung Sahn since 1976. She studied with Zen Master Ji Bong from the 1990s, receiving Inka in 2008 and transmission in 2015.
She has three children, and lives with her husband in Issaquah, WA. For more information about her Buddha sculptures, books and teachings, visit her blog at www.anitafeng.com.
Eric Nord, JDPSN has practiced Zen in the lineage of Zen Master Seung Sahn and Zen Master Ji Bong since 1996. He has served as Head Dharma Teacher for Blue Heron Zen Community and its predecessor organization since 2002. He received Inka from Zen Master Ji Bong in 2008.
Eric has two daughters, and lives with his wife in Seattle, WA.
Jeff Tipp, JDPSN was ordained as a monk in an order of Christian mystics in 1968, entered the Dharma in 1973, met Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1978, and founded the precursor to Blue Heron Zen Community in 1980. He received Inka from Zen Master Ji Bong in 2006 and is a practicing Psychotherapist. He has one son, and lives with his wife in Sebastopol, CA.
Sensei Frank McGouirk is a Dharma Teacher in the Golden Wind Zen Order, and the head of the Aikido-Ai dojo in Whittier, CA. He has had a long association with Zen Master Ji Bong, with whom he co-founded the Dharma Kai Zen Center in 1983.