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Uji Mikolaj Markiewicz
Abbot of Kannon Sangha Warsaw, Poland

Uji Mikolaj has been a Zen student of Jakusho Kwong-roshi since 1986.  In 2003, he received Tokudo ordination.  In 2015, Uji received lineage transmission from Jakusho Kwong - roshi at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center.  On  May 7, 2016,  there was a  public Mountain  Seat Ceremony  installing him as Abbot and spiritual leader of Kannon Zen Center in Warsaw, Poland.​  Uji also works closely with the Benedictine Monastery in Lubin, Poland, leading retreats.

Kimyo Helga Joakimsdottir
Leading Teacher of Natthagi Zen Center, Iceland

Kimyo Helga Joakimsdottir-sensei  has been practicing Zen under Jakusho Kwong-roshi for 30 years.  In 2007, she received Tokudo ordination.  In 2011, she received the title of Hoshi-Dharma Holder.  Ever since she met Kwong-roshi, Zen has influenced her entire life.  She has devoted most of her time to establishing Natthagi Zen Center in Reykjavik,  Iceland.  In November 2016, she  received lineage transmission from Jakusho Kwong-roshi  at Sonoma Mountain and serves as the Wisdom Holder at Natthagi.  Kimyo is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.  In her spare time, she enjoys visiting her family and friends, as well as taking quiet walks in nature. [Visit Nattagi Zen Center]

Zenki Astvauldur Traustasson
Leading Teacher of Natthagi Zen Center, Iceland

Zenki Astvaldur Traustasson has been a student of Jakusho Kwong-roshi for more than 20 years. In 2009, Zenki received Tokudo ordination from Kwong-roshi. In 2011, he was entrusted the title of Hoshi as Dharma Holder. In April 2016, Zenki participated in 3-month intensive training at Toshoji International Training Center in Japan. In July 2017, He received lineage transmission from Jakusho Kwong-roshi at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. He is also a jazz pianist and composer. [Visit Nattagi Zen Center]

Nyoze Demian Kwong
Kanin of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center

Nyoze Demian Kwong received a B.A. in Anthropology/Archeology from University of California Santa Cruz. He worked as a fundraiser in Stanford University’s Engineering Department. In 1998 he lived and worked at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico and studied socially engaged Buddhism with Joan Halifax-roshi and Bernie Glassman-roshi of the Zen Peacemaker Order for two and a half years.

Nyoze received lay precepts in 1987 at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. In 2009 he was ordained as a novice monk by Jakusho Kwong-roshi. In 2012 Nyoze finished his formal training at Eiheiji, the oldest monastery and head temple of the Soto Zen School in Japan. He received Dharma transmission in November 2014 and completed zuisse at both Eiheiji and Sojiji Head Temples of Sotoshu (the Soto School of Zen) in June 2015. He is recognized by Sotoshu as a Kokusaifukyoshi (international zen teacher) in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi.

Since 2023, Nyoze serves as Jushoku (Abbot) and is the Head of Practice and Executive Director of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. He lives at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center with Kashin, his wife, and Ejo, their son.

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