Affiliate Bios: North America: USA: New Mexico

Roshi Alfred Jitsudo Ancheta

1943: Born November 25, Thanksgiving Day, in the biggest snowstorm of the decade. Educated in California, with summers spent in northern NM on grandparent’s farm. One year at Long Beach Junior College before entering military.

1962: Medic and Sergeant in the Army in Germany until the end of 1967.

1968: Two years at Long Beach Junior College and two years at University of California at Fullerton, until 1972.

1972: Emigrated to BC, Canada, establishing homestead and farming until 1982.

1970: Started Zen practice: with Koun Taizan Dai Osho (Maezumi Roshi) at Zen Center of Los Angeles in 1970. Commuted from BC to LA 1974 -1982 to practice with Maezumi Roshi.

1978: Precepts (Jukai) from Maezumi Roshi.

1982: Ordination (Tokudo) from Maezumi Roshi. Became first resident monk at Zen Mountain Center, California. Built one-mile long road into the property, supervised drilling well, installing solar power, building structures for Zendo, Buddha Hall, kitchen and residential structures. Oversaw all angos, sesshin, and workshops until 1994.

1984: Acting Head Monk (Shuso) at ninety-day ango, Zen Mountain Center.

1986: Became Vice-Abbot, Zen Mountain Center, California.

1987: Tokubetsu month-long sesshin at Daijoji, Kanazawa, Japan.

1988: Started teaching under the guidance of Maezumi Roshi. Founded Inward Bound, a program introducing mountain retreat and meditation to young people from inner city schools. Eventually served HIV/AIDS patients and their caregivers with retreats focused on impermanence and survival.

1989: Board of Directors of advocacy group for street people, Hemet, CA. until 1991.

1994: Dharma Transmission (Shiho) from Maezumi Roshi.

1995: Founded Hidden Mountain Zen Center as a Zen Peacemaker Community in Maezumi Roshi’s name, Albuquerque, NM. Bernie Glassman (Tetsugen Roshi) stood in for Maezumi Roshi after Roshi’s death that year. Worked with residents as trainees and oversaw all angos, sesshin and workshops until 2002. Established and ran HMZC branches of Peacemaker Homeless Retreats and plunges in Mexico, Wise Men and Women Mentoring program in local schools, teaching meditation at Santa Fe Maximum Security Prison facility.

1998: Served on Board of Directors, Center for Action and Contemplation, Catholic social service and meditation establishment, Albuquerque. Founded Prajna Zendo in Santa Fe, NM.

1999: Became Abbot of Hidden Mountain Zen Center, Albuquerque. Dharma Transmission (Shiho) from Bernie Glassman, Litchfield, CT. Gave Dharma Transmission to Musai Walter (now Musai Sensei.)

2001: After 9/11, became more involved with interfaith work, and Co-Sponsored a symposium in Albuquerque, with Jewish and Muslim leaders, as well as leaders of other faiths, to enter into dialog together on the subject of religious tolerance.

2002: Resigned from Hidden Mountain Zen Center.

2002: Began healing process and work with art as healing.

2006: Resumed teaching formally with Tokudo ceremony for a student in Albuquerque, NM.

2007: Taught regular weekly classes (sitting period followed by discussion of a dharma book or topic.) Held regular retreats including spring and fall weekend sesshin in Colorado Springs and Rohatsu Sesshin (8+ days) in Albuquerque, NM.

2008: Ongoing classes on weeknights. Sesshin held at least quarterly in either Albuquerque, NM or Colorado Springs, CO, including week-long Rohatsu Sesshin. No Gate Sangha created. Ralph Kendo Fritz and Carol Myoshin Bruce-Fritz named Dhara Holders on March 30, 2008. Tokudo for Don Ryushin Benage on December 8, 2008.

2009: Ongoing classes on weeknights. Quarterly sesshin including week-long Rohatsu Sesshin. Conducted meditation classes with three other volunteers for adolescent boys with a history of violence and treatable mental illness at the Sequoyah Adolescent Treatment Center operated by the New Mexico State Department of Health. Tokudo for Ralph Kendo Fritz and Carol Myoshin Bruce-Fritz on December 13, 2009.

Roshi So Daiho Hilbert

Rev. Dr. So Daiho Hilbert-roshi is an ordained Zen Priest in the Soto tradition. He was the disciple of Rev. Ken Hogaku McGuire-roshi. Rev. Daiho-roshi is founder of the Order of Clear Mind Zen. Rev. Dr. Hilbert holds a Ph.D. in Social Work and has over 25 years of experience as a practicing psychotherapist. He is married with three grown children and a grandfather of three grandchildren.He makes his home in Las Cruces, NM as well as a Refuge residence in Cloudcroft, NM.






John Burton Richardson

I was born to Robert and Arvonia Richardson on December 4, 1942, in Omaha, Nebraska — my claim to being a “Westerner.” I now make my home in Placitas, New Mexico.

I have two younger brothers, Craig and Ross, and was the first in my family to go to college. I started my academic journey by going to Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where I was awarded a Bachelor’ degree in Psychology in 1965. I initially thought of being a diplomate in the foreign service, but political science courses bored me. I also did not do very well in high school German or college Russian. My interest in helping people shrank down to the individual level, when I switched to Psychology.

It was the Johnson administration and I was fortunate to obtain a grant to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan. I was awarded that degree in 1967. The Vietnam War was still raging and I had a military obligation to fulfill. I applied and was accepted to become a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service (PHS) and was assigned to the Indian Health Service (IHS).

I was initially stationed at the PHS Indian Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I was in charge of Social Work Services. This was August 1967, the start of a 30 year career with IHS. After being sent for long-term training to the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles in September 1976, I was stationed at the IHS Navajo Area Office in Window Rock, Arizona in February 1979, initially as Deputy Chief (later Acting Chief), Social Work Services. (I completed my doctorate in Social Work from USC in June 1981.) In January 1990, I was stationed to IHS Headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, where I served as Special Assistant to the IHS Associate Director, Office of Administration and Management. I retired in September 1997.

I married Arlene Karnafel in 1969 and we divorced in 1974, no children. I met Anita Yazzie in 1982, while in Window Rock, and we have been together ever since. We went to Rockville in 1990 and lived together until being married in 2007. Anita has three children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. I am enjoying belated grandparent-hood in this Navajo family.

My desire to become a peacemaker arose from seeing alcoholism in my family of origin as well as in Native American communities, seeing the consequences of post-traumatic shock among Vietnamese people, the combat vets in that (and later) war and a centuries-old struggle that Native Americans have waged against outside invaders/stealers of their land.

A nominal Christian in my youth and an agnostic in adulthood, I was drawn to people like Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, and Desmond Tutu, because of the way they could conduct themselves in a positive manner under very trying circumstances. The Dalai Lama’s book, The Art of Happiness, was my initial introduction to Buddhist thinking. Thich Nhat Hanh and Bernie Glassman have also been great inspirations along the path I have chosen.

Roshi Joan Jiko Halifax

Roshi Joan Halifax Roshi is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and author. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

She has worked in the area of death and dying for over thirty years and is Director of the Project on Being with Dying.

For the past twenty-five years, she has been active in environmental work. A Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order, her work and practice for more than three decades has focused on socially engaged Buddhism.

She is Founder and Director of the Upaya Prison Project that develops programs on meditation for prisoners.She is founder of the Ojai Foundation, was an Honorary Research Fellow at Harvard University, and has taught in many universities, monasteries, and medical centers around the world.

She studied for a decade with Zen Teacher Seung Sahn and was a teacher in the Kwan Um Zen School. She received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh, and was given Inka by Roshi Bernie Glassman.