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Zen Teacher Jody Hojin Kimmel

Born in Philadelphia,  Hojin began her main training in ceramics through formal apprenticeships with two Japanese Teachers. Her primary teachers included the celebrated ceramicist and painter Toshiko Takaezu and later Katsuyuki Sakazume, with whom she learned clay–gathering techniques and the art of wood fire kiln-building and helped construct an Anagama wood kiln.
In 1990, she met John Daido Loori, Roshi and soon after entered residential training at Zen Mountain Monastery, From the start, ZMM had combined Zen training with both traditional and contemporary forms of art practice as a means of self-discovery and expressing the inexpressible. Hojin ordained as a monastic in 1993.
Towards the end of his life, Daido Roshi began the process of priestly transmission with Hojin, a process that was later completed by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi in 2012. Hojin Sensei received full dharma transmission from Shugen Roshi in 2017. She currently shares her time between ZMM and the Zen Center of New York City where she serves as co-director and teacher.