Barbara Tokuen Gray, has been a student of Rev. Dai-En Bennage at Mt. Equity Zendo since 1991, and received lay teacher entrustment from Rev. Dai-En in March 2016. From 1987-89 she practiced with Maureen Myo-on Stewart at Cambridge Zen Center in Cambridge, MA. In 2002, Tokuen co-founded Six Rings Sangha, a satellite of Mt. Equity Zendo, in State College, PA and continues to serve as guiding teacher there. Together with Marcy Daijun Brenner, she founded and leads Moon-on-The-Lake Zendo in East Berlin, PA and offers meditation at Harrisburg’s Downtown Daily Bread homeless drop-in center. She is a founding member and principle mediator in An Olive Branch, a Buddhist inspired consulting firm working primarily with clergy misconduct in religious organizations . Tokuen is an emerita professor of organizational sociology at Penn State University where she taught from 1979-2013. Tokuen can be reached at b9g@psu.edu .

Marcy Daijun Brenner has been a student of Soto Zen Buddhism, under the tutelage of Rev. Dai-En Bennage at Mt. Equity Zendo for over 20 years. In March 2016 she received lay teacher entrustment from Rev. Dai –En. Over many years Daijun has co-led Long River Sangha in Harrisburg, PA, a satellite of Mt. Equity Zendo. She also teaches meditation at Harrisburg’s Downtown Daily Bread homeless drop-in center, a local elementary school, and a Refuge Recovery group in Camp Hill, PA. Daijun and Barbara Tokuen Gray are co-founders of Moon-On-The-Lake Zendo in East Berlin, PA. Professionally, Daijun is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her work is centered around enhancing and strengthening relationships. Daijun can be reached at mb.breathe@gmail.com .

Nancy Nanshin White practiced at Mt. Equity Zendo until her retirement from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, where she was a professor of economics for 31 years. For seven years, she offered zazen to the Bucknell community and taught a first-year course called Mindful Consumption, which was inspired by the fifth of Thich Nhat Hanh’s five mindfulness trainings. Her primary interest was in mindful consumption of food, focusing on reduction of food waste and conservation of natural resources. She received lay teacher entrustment from Rev. Dai-En Bennage in 2016. After retirement in 2017, Nanshin and her husband, Tom Tomei Knapp, moved to Moorhead, MN. They founded the Open Land Sangha in 2018 and offer zazen in nearby Fargo, ND. Nanshin can be reached at nwhite@bucknell.edu .