Rev. Myoshin Kaniumoe was ordained by Rev. Gengo Akiba, current Bishop of North America and Abbot of Kojin-An Zendo in Oakland, CA. Upon completion of his training at Hokyoji Monastery in Fukui-ken, Japan, Rev. Kaniumoe served for eight years at Zenshuji Soto Mission in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to founding ‘Alaneo Zendo, Rev. Kaniumoe was resident minister for four years at Taishoji Soto Mission in Hilo, HI.

Daitsū Tom Wright, born and raised in Wisconsin, lived in Japan for over forty years. He practiced and studied under Uchiyama Rōshi from 1968 until the latter’s death and was ordained as a priest in 1974. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he taught as a professor in the English Language and Culture Program at Ryukoku University in Kyoto. He was a teacher for the Kyoto Sōtō Zen Center until 1995, and then conducted zazen gatherings with Rev. Dōyu Takamine in Kyoto and Tamba. Rev. Wright has worked on the translation and editing of several works on Zen, as well as writing on Zen, the Holocaust from a Buddhist perspective, and Japanese gardens (Samadhi on Zen Gardens—Dynamism and Tranquility, with Katsuhiko Mizuno, Suiko Books, Mitsumura Suiko Shoin, 2010). Retiring from the university in 2010, he now lives with his wife in Hilo, Hawaii, where he continues to work on translations and teach at 'Alaneo Zendo in Hilo. Books by Tom Wright