Oxford Soto Zen

About Us

We are an intimate, growing 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 oversight of
Taiun Michael Elliston-roshi
For more information, contact Kido
(408) 691- 3539 (Text)

      Kido  - as she is known in Zen practice  - is a Soto Zen Novice Priest and Associate Member of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association.  She was ordained in the Shunryu Suzuki tradition by Junfu Cornelia Shonkwiler-roshi, at Middle Way Zen in San Jose, California.  She now  practices in the Matsuoka lineage as a disciple of Taiun Michael Elliston-roshi, Abbott of Atlanta Soto Zen Center, where she completed residential Shuso Training 0n August 27,  2017, receiving the title of "Sensei" (teacher).

     Oxford Soto Zen is an affiliate sangha of The Silent Thunder Order
* Shinzan ("Spirit Mountain") and Kido ("Joyous Way") are Japanese Dharma names given
   to Jimmyle by her Ordaining Roshis, Les Keido Kaye at Lay Ordination, and Cornelia Junfu
  Shonkwiler at Priest Ordination. A Dharma name represents something the Roshi sees in
   the disciple, something present, or that he/she may possibly grow into.