Julian Daizan Skinner
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Julian Daizan Skinner

Daizan Skinner was born in Chatham, UK in 1963. After graduation, he worked as a scientist in the pharmaceuticals industry. In 1989 he began training at Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey in northern England, studying under Rev. Master Daishin Morgan in the Sōtō Zen tradition, and in 1991 he was ordained as an unsui or novice monk. After 14 years at Throssel Hole, Daizan began training with Rinzai Zen Master Shinzan Miyamae Rōshi of Gyokuryuji Temple in Gifu, central Japan in 2003. The temple was the former hermitage of the outstanding Rinzai Zen reformer Bankei Yōtaku Zenji (1622–1693). Daizan eventually became fukujushoku, vice-abbott, continued his study of zazen and zen yoga and studied the kōan of the Inzan lineage of Rinzai Zen, completing it in 2007. On May 8, 2007, Daizan received inka from Shinzan Rōshi and returned to the UK to begin teaching Zen. He set up the organisation of Zenways on midsummer's day 2007. In 2011, he was installed as resident teacher at Yugagyo Dojo (Zen Yoga, Camberwell) in London. He has served as a resident teacher at the Buddhist Society in London and is an appointed trainer with the College of Mindful Clinicians. He has been involved in Zen teaching at Oxford University. Daizan Roshi runs Zen Yoga Teacher Training programmes as well as Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher Training programmes, runs Zen retreats, and is head of a growing and thriving Zen sangha based at Yugagyo Dojo in south London.
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