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 Myo'un Ford Roshi in the Aitken-Tarrant line of the Harada-Yasutani-Yamada lineage.
During an 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 in 2001, and then entered wholeheartedly into formal Zen training.
Tetsugan is an ordained Zen priest, teacher and spiritual guide. In addition to teaching, she continues to deepen her training through formal koan introspection, in the Aitken-Tarrant line of the Harada-Yasutani-Yamada lineage.
Tetsugan has studied Buddhism with many teachers over the years, and undertaken temple, residential and monastic training at Zen centers and monasteries around the United States. She has also studied and practiced the Nyoho-e style of Japanese Buddhist rakusu and kesa sewing with Tomoe Katagiri (Katagiri Roshi's widow), and 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 contemplative counseling, narrative therapy, the Enneagram, and other collaborative/post-modern approaches to engaged living, growth and transformation.