Dosho Port Roshi has been practicing Zen since 1977 and received dharma transmission from Dainin Katagiri Roshi in 1989. He then embarked on an “intermittent pilgrimage” while teaching Zen, working as an education administrator, and raising two children. He has studied with more than twenty Zen teachers in Japan, the US, and Europe.
In January, 2015, Dosho received inka shomei (literally, document of succession) from James Myoun Ford Roshi in the Aitken-Tarrant line of the Harada-Yasutani-Yamada lineage. He is the author of Keep Me In Your Heart for Awhile: The Haunting Zen of Dainin Katagiri.
In addition to their co-teaching and training project, Dosho and Tetsugan are partners in marriage and live in the Benson neighborhood of Omaha with their dog, Bodhi.
In the midst of an ongoing and intensive search for purpose and meaning in life, Tetsugan began studying Buddhism in the mid-1990s. She received the Buddhist Precepts in a Jukai ceremony (also known as "lay ordination") from Dosho in 2001, and then entered wholeheartedly into formal Zen training. Tetsugan is an ordained Soto Zen priest, dharma teacher and spiritual guide. She is currently involved in koan introspection under the tutelage of both Dosho and Mary Gates, a Zen teacher at Empty Sky Sangha.
Tetsugan has studied Buddhism with many teachers over the years, and undertaken temple, residential and monastic training at Zen places around the United States, including Hokyoji (MN), Zen Mountain Monastery (NY), Great Vow Monastery (OR), Dharma Rain Zen Center (OR), Zen Center of Portland (OR), Pittsburgh Zen Center (PA), Mountain Gate (NM), Boundless Way Temple (MA) and Empty Sky Sangha (CT). She has also studied/practiced the Nyoho-e style of Japanese Buddhist rakusu and kesa sewing with Tomoe Katagiri (Katagiri Roshi's widow), and now teaches it to others.
Licensed as a clinical social worker, Tetsugan has also trained in the practices of Morita therapy and Naikan (also known as Japanese Psychology) at the ToDo Institute in Vermont. Her other interests in this vein include pastoral care, hospice and end-of-life care, contemplative counseling, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, the Enneagram, and other collaborative/post-modern/spiritual approaches to self-awareness, engaged living, growth and transformation.