Gesshin Myoko Prabhasa Dharma Zenji and Jiun Hogen Roshi
Jiun Hogen Roshi
Our present spiritual leader is Zen master Jiun Hogen Roshi. In 1999 Prabhasa Dharma Zenji appointed her as her successor. She started her Zen training with Prabhasa Dharma Zenji in 1982.
In 1986 she was ordained an unsui with the names Dharma Udaka: Truth Water. In 1989 she was ordained as a priest and teacher (Osho) with the name Kanromon: Gate of Sweet Dew.
In 1999, when she received Dharma Mind Seal transmission - inka- and became the 46th generational heir, Prabhasa Dharma, Zenji gave her the names Jiun Hogen: Compassion-Cloud Original-Dharma.
Prabhasa Dharma Zenji
The umbrella foundation I.Z.I. and the International Zen Center Noorder Poort were founded by Zen master Gesshin Myoko Prabhasa Dharma (1931-1999).
She trained for years under the Japanese Zen master Joshu Sasaki, who ordained her as a nun and teacher with the names Gesshin Myoko: Moon-Heart Wondrous-Light. In 1981 she formally left Joshu Sasaki and his sangha and she met the Vietnamese Zen master Thich Man Giac. In 1985 he bestowed upon her the 'Great Dharma Mind Seal Transmission' or inka and she became Prabhasa Dharma: Brilliant Dharma, the 45th generational heir of the Vietnamese Lam Te (Rinzai) Zen Lineage.
From 1980 until her death in 1999 Prabhasa Dharma Zenji trained Zen students in the U.S.A. and Europe. She developed a form of Zen practice that is not bound to any country or culture, although she maintained some elements of both Vietnamese and Japanese Zen.
Prabhasa Dharma, Zenji was also a great artist, known for her prolific poetry, and for her calligraphies.
From 1993 till 2017 Soan Poor, who started his practice with Prabhasa Dharma Zenji in 1988, was the leading teacher of I.Z.I.F.
Together with his wife Mary Anne Jigen Poor, Soan was strongly committed to run the Dharma House in Miami. Presently they are retired and continue to provide their support to our practice.