About Us

Barbara Jikai Gabrys, Zen Master

Barbara Jikai Gabrys, PhD studied Rinzai Zen with several Zen masters for many years.  Kyudo Nakagawa Rōshi and Eizan Goto Rōshi had provided foundations of her Zen practice. She has finalised her Zen training with and received the Dharma transmission from Shinzan Miyamae Rōshi  in the Hakuin-Inzan line of the Rinzai tradition in November 2016. In May 2018 he confirmed his Dharma transmission to Tomio Yugaku Ameku and Barbara Jikai Gabrys, naming them both as his successors and presenting them with inka.

She continues to deepen her Zen practice under a mentorship of Melody Eshin Cornell Rōshi.

Barbara is a peripatetic European physicist, currently affiliated as Academic Visitor at the University of Oxford. Her work in science has taken her all over the world. Her experience of international research centres has made her aware of the need to bridge the gap between different cultures, and especially the Eastern and Western way of life. She believes that cultivation of well-being, with double focus on concentration and openess will lead to the recognition of true interconnectivity between all sentient beings. To this end she combines various philosophical and practical Zen approaches in her teaching.


Zen places and Zennists close to our heart:

Lay Zen Teachers Association (LZTA) http://lzta.org/

Sheffield ZenSpace http://www.arrivinghome.co.uk/

Zen music https://adrianfreedman.com/

Zen art https://www.alisonchurchill.uk/

Ryūtaku-ji, Myōshin-ji branch of the Rinzai school of Japanese Zen,

Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Zenways https://Zenways.org

Zengården https://www.zentraining.org