After completing his education in Chicago and Boston, Daishin Sensei moved to Santa Fe 40 years ago where he taught himself hand engraving and jewelry making. He owned and operated a studio/gallery in Santa Fe until 1997, when he relocated his studio to his residence on ten acres just a few miles south of town. There, he and his wife, Linda, who is also an artist, keep horses, make art, and practice Zen. A large building (see photos) on the property, which they built 15 years ago, today houses both of their studios as well as Prajna Zendo.
Daishin began studying Zen with Joan Halifax Roshi in 1993. From 1995 to 2002, he studied with Fred Jitsudo Ancheta Roshi in Albuquerque. He completed his studies with Syd Musai Walter Roshi in Santa Fe, and he received dharma transmission from Musai Roshi during the Rohatsu Sesshin in December, 2007.
Daishin Sensei bows in deep gratitude to all of his teachers and to his family for their patience and kindness.
Sydney Musai Walter began Zen Practice in 1970 with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi at San Francisco Zen Center. After living at Tassajara Zen Monastery, then studying with Chogyam Trungpa, Rimpoche, Musai became a student of Taizan Maezumi Roshi, at Zen Center of Los Angeles. He practiced with Maezumi Roshi until that teacher’s death in 1995, when he became a student of Jitsudo Ancheta Sensei, a dharma successor of Maezumi Roshi.In 1996, Jitsudo Sensei and Musai founded Hidden Mountain Zen Center in Albuquerque. In January of 1999, Musai received Dharma Transmission from Jitsudo Sensei.
Since Jitsudo Sensei’s departure in 2002, Hidden Mountain Zen Center has become Prajna Zendo and moved to its new location, in Lamy, NM.
Since 2002, Musai has been studying the Big Mind process with Genpo Roshi, also a dharma successor of Maezumi Roshi. Musai has received denkai transmission (full priest empowerment) and authorization to teach the Big Mind process from Genpo Roshi. In 2008 Musai received inka, the final seal of approval, from Genpo Roshi,
Musai is now retired from a career as a psychotherapist and family therapist. He will continue to teach at Prajna Zendo and spend more time wandering through the mountains and canyons of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.