I have been a professional tailor since the mid 1970’s, owning a tailor shop in Lincoln Nebraska for 12 years. In 2011, I was priest ordained in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition in Katagiri’s linage. I have had the privilege of studying with many different zen sewers, and I am trying to keep the traditional garments alive, the Nyoho-e way of sewing. I now view my sewing practice as my way of sharing the Dharma, and as a form of working meditation. All items are custom made to your measurements, traditions, and fabric choices.
I am currently practicing with the Just Sit, Sotot Zen in Grand Rapids, in Grand Rapids Michigan. I enjoy spending as much time as I can at Ryumonji Monastery in Northeastern Iowa and Shasta Abbey in Northern California.
Shuji Valdene Mintzmyer