Rev. Jay Rinsen Weik Sensei is Abbot of the Great Heartland Buddhist Temple (Dashin Koku-ji) of Toledo where he serves as its senior priest and head teacher. He is a fully empowered Zen teacher and is acknowledged by Rev. James Myoun Ford Roshi in both of Roshi's lineages: the ordained Soto Zen lineage of Jiyu Kennett, and koan introspection lineage of John Tarrant. Additionally, Rinsen's Dharma teaching is influenced by his longstanding study, practice and teaching of both Aikido and Jazz music.
He received Denkai Transmission from James Myo'un Ford Roshi in 2014 and Denbo Transmission in 2015. After his Denkai transmission, a public celebration with the Sangha was held at the Temple. Rinsen was invited to participate in the first-ever Next-Generation Dharma Mahasangha Gathering that took place at Garrison Instutite in July of 2011 and served on the planning committee of its second meeting which took place at Deer Park Monastery in 2013.
He began his Zen studies in 1987 at Zen Mountain Monastery with John Daido Loori Roshi. In 1998, he receved the sixteen buddhist precepts and the Dharma name Chikyo (Wisdom Mirror). In 2001 he moved to Toledo and co-founded the Toledo Zen Meditation Group with his wife Rev. Karen Do’on Weik. In 2004 he continued his zen study with Bonnie Myotai Trace Sensei, Daido Roshi’s first dharma heir, and what began as the Toledo Zen Meditation Group evolved into the Toledo Zen Center. In 2007 Myotai Sensei acknowledged him as Shuso (head monk), he began giving Dharma Talks and members of the community started podcasting them as ‘The Drinking Gourd Podcast.’ In 2008 he received the Dharma name Rinsen (Wheel Turning Wizard) From Myotai Sensei and founded the Drinking Gourd Institute, a 501c3 non-profit organization that evolved from receiving a grant to support the podcasts. Rev. Rinsen also studied the Dharma with Fr. Kevin Hunt Sensei, OCSO from 2006 to 2009 and in 2009 he became a shoken student of James Myo’un Ford Roshi who is the primary center of gravity for his continued study of the Dharma today.
"Jay Rinsen Weik is one of the exciting new generation of Zen teachers, grounded in the tradition while at the same time deeply versed in disciplines beyond the meditation pillow. He is equally comfortable with Chaochou's Mu, John Coltrane and Martial Art, bringing the depths of retreat practice and the joys and sorrows of family life to his teaching."
- James Myo'un Ford, Roshi.