Oxford Soto Zen

About Us

We are an intimate sangha (group) of serious Zen practitioners.

Newcomers of every inclination are welcome to visit, learn about Zen, and/or start a meditation practice.

Oxford Soto Zen was founded in October, 2007 by
Susie Adams, Jimmyle Listenbee, Denton Marcotte and Vicki Reithel.

We continue under the guidance of
Practice Leader Shinzan Kido, Sensei (Jimmyle Listenbee)*

And most gratefully,
Under the guidance of
Zesho Susan O'Connell-roshi of San Francisco Zen Center
For more information, contact Kido
(408) 691- 3539 (Text)

      Kido  - as she is known in Zen practice  - is a native and resident of North Mississipi, and a Soto Zen Priest.  She is an Associate Member of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association.  She was ordained in the Shunryu Suzuki lineage in 2017 by Junfu Cornelia Shonkwiler-roshi, at Middle Way Zen in San Jose, California.  Cornelia has since retired.  Kido continues practice in that lineage as a formal student of Zesho Susan O'Connell-roshi.

* Shinzan ("Spirit Mountain") and Kido ("Joyous Way") are Japanese Dharma names given
to Jimmyle by her Ordaining Roshis, Les Keido Kaye during Lay Ordination, and Cornelia Junfu Shonkwiler during Priest Ordination. A Dharma name represents something the Roshi sees in the disciple, something present, or that he/she may possibly grow into.