Jack Duffy Rōshi
Jack Duffy Rōshi was given permission to teach by Robert Aitken Rōshi in January 1992 and was given independent teaching status and the title of Rōshi in the formal Transmission Ceremony 5 years later. Jack has been a student of Aitken Rōshi since 1981 and has studied with other teachers, including Joan Rieck and Thich Nhat Hanh. He brings his roles of spouse, father, and psychotherapist, as well as years of endangered species work and wilderness wanderings, to his teaching.
Madelon Yamane Bolling
Madelon Yamane Bolling was appointed Zen teacher in 2012, and she is an apprentice to Jack Duffy Roshi. In long search for a spiritual home she entered monastic life in another tradition in 1968, returning to lay life as a professional musician in 1974. In 1983 she began sitting zen with another group, eventually serving as dharma teacher there until 1993 when she began sitting with Three Treasures. A clinical psychologist in private practice since 2003, she also bears the sensibilities of past work as a landscape gardener, master composter and Permaculture designer.
Lee Shields was appointed Zen teacher in 2012, and he is an apprentice to Jack Duffy Roshi. Lee began practicing in the early 1970’s and sat with a number of Zen teachers before coming to Three Treasures to sit with Joan Rieck in 1988. He continued to sit with Jack in 1992 to the present. Lee began his practice for a short time in a monastic setting, but has continued as a lay practitioner, balancing marriage, family, and work as an engineering consultant and now as a psychotherapist. Of importance to Lee is the interface of traditional Zen training with the daily, mundane, and extraordinary experiences of life.
Robert Aitken Rōshi
Born Robert Baker Aitken in Philadelphia, he moved to Honolulu at the age of five with his parents and younger brother, when his father, an anthropologist, joined the ethnology field staff of Bishop Museum. After growing up largely in Hawaii (with several intervals in California, living with one set of grandparents or another), at the outbreak of the war in the Pacific he was captured on Guam, where he had been working as a civilian. His amazingly fortuitous introduction to Zen came during his ensuing years of internment in Japan, through a fellow internee, the British writer R.H. Blyth.
After his release, Aitken Rōshi resumed his interrupted college studies at the University of Hawaii, graduating in 1947 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He returned to the university for a master’s in Japanese studies, which he received in 1950, and his thesis, concerning Zen’s influence on the great haiku poet Bashō, later became the basis of his first book, A Zen Wave.