In 1980, Jim began practising Zen meditation and soon after became a student of Roshi Philip Kapleau of the Rochester Zen Center. Jim practised with Roshi Kapleau and his dharma heirs for the next 20 years. After completing his formal training in Zen, he spent several years practising with senior Vipassana teachers in the Theravada tradition. Today, Jim offers a balanced, direct approach to practices that point directly to the heart of the Buddha’s teachings.
Randy Baker began practising Zen meditation in 1977 as a student of Roshi Philip Kapleau. His Zen training included 10 years on staff at the Rochester Zen Center. After practising Zen for 20 years, Randy took up the practice of Vipassana. He has since worked with a number of well-known Western Vipassana teachers. Today, Randy offers a clear and direct approach to the meditation practices of mindfulness and goodwill (metta).