Teri Dillion was a Buddhist psychotherapist and writer from Santa Rosa, California. After graduating from Northern Arizona University, Dillion decided to travel the world and eventually found her way to Thailand, where she participated in her first meditation retreat. Dillion earned an MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in 2008 and worked as a psychotherapist, addiction counselor, and meditation instructor. In 2016 Dillion was diagnosed with ALS. She passed away in late 2021, roughly one year after publishing her memoir, No Pressure, No Diamonds: Mining for Gifts in Illness and Loss, which you can read an excerpt from here.
Jeenah Moon is a photojournalist based in New York City. Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, she has been a professional photographer since 2014. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Bloomberg, and Reuters, covering high-profile, pressing social issues—including the trial of Harvey Weinstein and the protests for racial justice following the murders of Eric Garner and George Floyd. Her other photojournalistic projects have included capturing daily life among marginalized urban communities. In this issue, she photographed Buddhist Studies scholar Donald Lopez.
Dan Zigmond is a Zen priest and technologist based in the San Francisco area. His expertise and erudition are eclectic—when he is not working as the Director of Special Projects at Apple, he teaches at the San Francisco Zen Center, having been ordained in the lineage of Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi in the late 1990s. Zigmond has also written several books on Buddhism and lifestyle practices and is a Tricycle contributing editor. Find his review of two books—one by and one about the late Thich Nhat Hanh—here.
Chenxing Han is a Bay Area-based writer whose work explores the nuances of the Asian American identity. Holding an MA in Buddhist studies from the Graduate Theological Union, Han also studied chaplaincy at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California. Her first book, Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists (2021), challenged mainstream perceptions of what it means to be an American Buddhist by centering on the diverse experiences of Asian American Buddhist interviewees. Han interviews New York Times staff writer Jay Caspian Kang on writing, Buddhism, and Asian American identity.
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