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Jay Rinsen Weik

Meet Jay Rinsen Weik

Jay Rinsen Weik Sensei is an ordained Zen Buddhist abbot, priest, and teacher. He is a transmitted lineage holder through James Myoun Ford Roshi of the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition and the Harada-Yasutani koan curriculum.

Rinsen is a fifth-degree black belt in the martial art Aikido. He is the Aikido student of Gleason Sensei, who was the student of Yamaguchi Sensei, who was the student of O Sensei (Morihei Ueshiba) – the founder of modern Aikido. Rinsen Sensei is the founder of Shobu Aikido of Ohio.

Rinsen is a professor at the University of Toledo where he teaches jazz history and guitar and direts the Mindfulness and Creativity Initiative. He is also the founder of the Toldero Mindfulness Institute.

Accomplishments
  • Abbot, Great Heartland Buddhist Temple (Dashin Koku-ji) of Toledo
  • Fifth Degree Black Belt, Akido (Godan)
  • Founder and Head Instructor, Shobu Aikido of Ohio
  • Associate Lecturer, University of Toledo
  • Founder, Toledo Mindfulness Institute