Jay Rinsen Weik, Roshi

Jay Rinsen Weik, Roshi is the Abbot of the Great Heartland Sangha.  He received full Dharma Transmission as a recognized Zen teacher by Rev. James Myoun Ford Roshi in the Rinzai Koan Introspection and Soto Zen traditions.

He began his Zen studies in 1987 at Zen Mountain Monastery with John Daido Loori Roshi. In 1998, he receved the sixteen buddhist precepts and the Dharma name Chikyo. In 2001 he moved to Toledo and co-founded the Toledo Zen Meditation Group with his wife Rev. Karen Do’on Weik. In 2004 he continued his zen study with Bonnie Myotai Treace Sensei, Daido Roshi’s first dharma heir, and what began as the Toledo Zen Meditation Group evolved into the Toledo Zen Center. In 2007 Myotai Sensei acknowledged him as Shuso (head monk) for the winter training period, and his Dharma Talks began being podcast as ‘The Drinking Gourd Podcast.’ In 2008 he received the Dharma name Rinsen and founded the Drinking Gourd Institute, a 501c3 non-profit organization that evolved from interest in supporting the podcasts and connecting its listeners with Jay and each other.

Rev. Rinsen has also studied with Fr. Kevin Hunt Sensei, OCSO from 2006 to 2009, and in 2009 he became a shoken student of James Myo’un Ford Roshi who is the primary center of gravity for his continued study of the Dharma today. In June 2009 James Ford empowered Jay to meet with students in private interview, and in July of 2009, Jay was confirmed as a Senior Dharma Teacher by James Myo’un Ford Roshi, Melissa Myozen Blacker Sensei, and David Dayan Rynick Sensei. He was ordained a Zen Buddhist Priest in the Soto lineage on February 28th, 2010 by Melissa Myozen Blacker Roshi. He received Denkai Traismission from James Myo'un Ford Roshi on Jan 4th, 2014, and Denbo Transmission on March 19th 2015.

Rinsen Sensei has a Masters in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory and is a professor of Classical and Jazz Guitar at the University of Toledo.  He plays with Crosscurrents and is the leader of the Zen Arts Ensemble.  He was given the rank of 5th degree back belt in Aikido by Bill Gleason Shihan and is the Guiding Sensei at Shobu Aikido of Ohio.   

Rinsen's personal web site is HERE




Rev. Karen Do-on Weik, Osho

Rev. Karen Do’on Weik is a Soto Zen priest and co-founder of the Buddhist Temple of Toledo and the Drinking Gourd Institute. Rev. Do'on received Denkai transmission from Rev. Jay Rinsen Weik in August 2015.

She began her Zen studies while in college in the 1980s. For the first ten years of her practice, her teacher was Richard Clarke. She met her husband, Rev. Jay Rinsen Weik, at the Shobu Aikido of Boston in 1993. By 1994, they were studying Zen together with John Daido Loori, late-Abbott of Zen Mountain Monastery in the Catskills and then, in 2004, with Bonnie Myotai Treace Sensei, Daido roshi’s first dharma heir. In 2009, she was confirmed as a Senior Dharma Teacher and ordained as a Zen Buddhist Priest by Melissa Roshi in the Soto lineage in February 2010. Rev. Do-on was acknowledged as Shuso in Feb of 2012. She received Denkai Transmission from Jay Rinsen Weik Sensei on August 15, 2015. She is also influenced by the teachings of Gelek Rimpoche.