Mary Jise Jaksch Roshi
In March 2004 Mary Jaksch received Dharma Transmission from Ross Bolleter Roshi and became New Zealand's first Zen Master.

In her weekly blog Mary explores how to use meditation in daily life to create joy and ease.

After many years of practice in the Christian contemplative tradition, Mary Jaksch took up Zen practice in 1986. She first started training with John Daido Loori, Roshi and then found her home in the Diamond Sangha with Robert Aitken, Roshi as her Root Teacher. In 1993 she founded the Maitai Zendo in Nelson and invited Ross Bolleter Roshi to lead regular sesshins there. She was appointed as an Apprentice Zen Teacher in 1999.

The boundless energy and great versatility Mary Jaksch brings to her Zen teaching is also reflected in her achievements in other professional areas and leisure-time passions: She began her career in Germany as a concert flautist and university lecturer. Before studying music she worked part-time as an Outward Bound ski instructor. She immigrated to New Zealand in 1981 to take up the position as Director of the Nelson School of Music. Later she trained as a psychotherapist and counsellor, specializing on relationship work. Her relationship book All about Love (UK) and Learn to Love (USA) was published in 2001. She holds a 4th Dan Blackbelt in Seido karate and is a talented tango dancer and keen mountain biker.

Mary Jaksch was born in London in 1947 of a reserved British mother and a passionate Bohemian father, whose political career began in Czechoslovakia and continued in Germany where he was elected a Member of Parliament and wrote a series of books about European political history. Her son Sebastian, born in 1981, currently lives in England. She lives with her partner, David Bagshaw.

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