Carolyn Atkinson - Eiko Joshin - is a Dharma Heir of the late Kobun Chino Ototgawa Roshi, and has been practicing Zen Buddhist meditation since 1973.
Carolyn is a priest in the Soto Zen tradition. She received Dharma Transmission from her Teacher before his unexpected death in 2002. She is a member of the American Zen Teachers Association (AZTA) and the Soto Zen Buddhist Association (SZBA). She has also studied in the Vipassana tradition, and is a trained Community Dharma Leader. She combines elements from both lineages in her teaching.
As a householder practitioner, Carolyn has lived in Santa Cruz for many years and is the mother of two grown sons. In addition, she studied traditional Chinese medicine in San Francisco and in China. She practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in Santa Cruz from 1982 to 2001.
She has taught the New Year's Sesshin at Stiftung Felsentor in Switzerland for six years, from 2005 to 2010, and is scheduled to teach there again in December 2012. Her first book, Quiet Mind Open Heart, was published in 2007. Her latest book, A Light In The Mind, was published in 2010 and is currently featured on the website, sweepingzen.com, highlighting the chapter on Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi.