Diane Musho Hamilton, Roshi | I. Generation
“Zen practice is your life. Some things just have to be lived out.”
Diane Musho Hamilton Roshi is a mediator, facilitator and teacher of Zen and Integral Spirituality. She has been a practitioner of meditation for more than 35 years. Diane began her studies in 1983 at Naropa University with Choygam Trungpa Rinpoche, and became a Zen student of Genpo Merzel Roshi in 1997. In 2003 she received ordination as a Zen monk with her husband Michael Zimmerman, and received dharma transmission from Roshi in 2006. In 2018 Diane received the final seal of Inka from Sidney Musai Walter Roshi, a successor of Genpo Merzel.
As the first Director of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Utah Judiciary, Diane established mediation programs throughout the court system and won several prestigious awards for her work in this area. Her accolades include the Utah Judicial Administration Award, The Utah Council on Conflict Resolution Peacekeeper Award, The Peter W. Billings Award from the Utah State Bar for contributions to the area of alternative dispute resolution, and the Brigham Young University Center for Conflict Resolution Peacemaker Award.
Diane facilitates Big Mind Big Heart, a process developed by Genpo Merzel Roshi to help elicit the insights of Zen in Western audiences. She has worked with Ken Wilber and the Integral Institute in Denver, Colorado, since 2004. In 2012 she co-founded Integral Facilitator® offered by Ten Directions, certifying practitioners in a developmental approach to group facilitation.
She is the author of Everything is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution (Shambhala Publications, 2013). Her newest book is The Zen of You and Me: A Guide to Getting Along with Just About Anyone (Shambhala Publications, 2017).
She is also a contributor to The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women (Wisdom Publications, 2013) and The Dharma of Dogs: Our Best Friends as Spiritual Teachers (Tami Simon, ed., Sounds True, 2017).
Two Arrows Zen, founded by Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei and Michael Mugaku Zimmerman Sensei, is a center of Zen study and practice with two locations in Utah. One is an urban center located at Artspace in downtown Salt Lake City. The other is a seasonal zendo located in the town of Torrey, just outside of Capitol Reef National Park in the heart of Utah’s red rock country. A new zendo for year-round practice and supporting facilities are now being built in Torrey, with expected completion in early 2016.
Musho Sensei and Mugaku Sensei are lineage holders in the Soto Zen tradition of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi and Genpo Merzel Roshi. Both Senseis are members of the White Plum Asanga and Soto Zen Buddhist Association. We are also informed by the work of Ken Wilber and Integral theory and practice. Practitioners from all over the world regularly participate in our programs.
Two Arrows Zen retreats take place in a traditional Zen sesshin atmosphere, including zazen, dharma talks, and interviews with the teachers. We hold daily meditation practice and monthly Days of Zen.
There are virtual on-line elements to the practice including tele-courses, virtual temple days, and on-line koan study. Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei also regularly offers programs and trainings to develop interpersonal and communication skills as a part of spiritual practice and development.
The Two Arrows Zen program of study and practice is designed to appeal to a broad audience–to those in the mainstream, including householders who raise children, hold jobs, and seek liberation within that life plan.
The second location of Two Arrows Zen is a seasonal zendo located in the town of Torrey, just outside of Capitol Reef National Park in the heart of Utah’s red rock country. A new zendo for year-round practice and supporting facilities are now being built in Torrey, with expected completion in early 2016.
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