Mitchell Doshin Cantor Sensei has been a student of Peter Muryo Matthiessen Roshi since 1986. Doshin received Denkai from Muryo Roshi in 2002. He additionally studied with Madeline Ko-I Bastis Sensei, a successor of Muryo Roshi, and received dharma transmission in 2006.
Doshin is the teacher at the Southern Palm Zen Group in Boca Raton FL and coordinates their extensive prison outreach program which involves many active prison Zen groups throughout Florida and numerous volunteers.
Lou Mitsunen Nordstrom, Roshi received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University, where he taught until 1970. Roshi began Zen practice in the late 1960’s. In 1974 he gave up a tenured teaching position at Marymount College to become a Rinzai Zen monk. He also edited Namu Dai Bosa: A Transmission of Zen Buddhism to America, an anthology of the works of Nyogen Senzaki, Soen Nakagawa Roshi, and Eido Shimano Roshi. From 1974 to1976 he served as Eido Roshi’s head monk at Dai Bosatsu Zendo. Later he returned to college teaching at Syracuse University (Religion Department, Chaplain-for-Non-Western Religions, Hendricks Chapel). From 1980 to 1988 Roshi was Director of Training, Liturgy, and Study of the Zen Community of New York and was ordained a Soto Zen priest. Involvement with Bernard Tetsugen Glassman’s center began with an encounter with Taizan Maezumi Roshi during which Maezumi Roshi indicated his desire for Lou to be his Dharma successor. He received Dharma Transmission from Tetsugen Roshi in 1998. Since 1989 has been doing adjunct and visiting college teaching (Yale, Wesleyan, NYU, Hunter, Baruch,Iona). Since 1987 he has been leading Zen retreats in New York State, North Carolina, and here in Florida. He has published a study in comparative communication (Communication East and West), and numerous articles on Zen and comparative-philosophical themes.
Al Fusho Rapaport has practiced and taught Zen for 40 years. He studied with Kozan Roshi, Maezumi Roshi, and Genpo Roshi until moving to Florida in 2001. He received Dharma Transmission within the Soto Zen Lineage from Shuzen Sensei in 2008.
As President of Open Mind Productions, Al produced the landmark Buddhism in America Conferences in Boston, San Diego, Denver and New York City.
He is author of Open Mind Zen: A Guide to Meditation, and editor of Buddhism in America. Al currently serves as Director of Open Mind Zen Meditation Center in Melbourne, Florida. He is a member of the White Plum Asangha and the American Zen Teachers Association.