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Ekai Yakuso Joel Kreisberg


After discovering Zazen in college, Joel explored the teachings of Taoism, Tibetan Buddhism, Vedanta, and the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo. Having completed his undergraduate in jazz composition at Wesleyan University, Joel committed to the path of a healer in graduate school. He has trained as a Chiropractor, Homeopath, Craniosacral Therapist and Health Coach.

Stumbling into the work of Ken Wilber in during his medical school years, he went on to complete the a Master’s Degree in Integral Ecology from Prescott College, followed by training as an Integral Master Coach from Integral Coaching Canada.

After hearing Ken Wilber’s interview with Jun Po Roshi, Joel began to practice Mondo Zen in 2011. He took Jukai in 2014 being given the name Ekai (Ocean of “Generosity”). He was ordained as a Hollow Bones priest in 2018. Ekai shares his commitment by offering a local sangha in the greater New York region Shining Bright Lotus Meditation Society. Shiningbrightlotus.org