Edward Daigu Knight, Ph.D. is Vice-President for Recovery, Rehabilitation and Support at ValueOptions and an Adjunct Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University. He has served as President of National Artists for Mental Health, Inc. and on the boards of various advocacy organizations. Ed received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Detroit, his Masters from the University of Michigan and his Doctorate from the New School for Social Research, all in sociology. He is very widely published and much in demand as a speaker.
Roshi Gerry Shishin Wick is President and Spiritual Leader of Great Mountain Zen Center. He is a Dharma Successor of Taizan Maezumi Roshi, having received transmission from Maezumi Roshi in 1990. He also did Zen training under Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and Sochu Suzuki Roshi. He administered the Zen Center of Los Angeles and the Kuroda Institute for the Study of Buddhism and Human Values for 8 years from 1978 to 1986. He founded the Great Mountain Zen Center in 1996.
Roshi Shishin received a Ph.D. in physics from University of California, Berkeley in 1967, has worked as University Professor, science writer, journalist, oceanographer, software developer, and technical manager. In addition to his role as spiritual leader of GMZC, he is adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Naropa University, where he leads frequent classes and retreats, and is the Director of Electronic Publishing for Merriam-Webster, Inc. He is the author of books and numerous articles on Buddhism, physics and oceanography.