Carolyn Atkinson – Eiko Joshin– is a Dharma Heir of the late Kobun Chino Ototgawa Roshi, and has been practicing Zen Buddhist meditation since 1973. Carolyn is a priest in the Sōtō Zen tradition and is guiding teacher for the Everyday Dharma Zen Commiunity in Santa Cruz, CA. She received Dharma Transmission from her Teacher before his unexpected death in 2002. She is a member of the American Zen Teachers Association (AZTA) and the Soto Zen Buddhist Association (SZBA). She has also studied in the Vipassana tradition, and is a trained Community Dharma Leader. She combines elements from both lineages in her teaching. As a householder practitioner, Carolyn has lived in Santa Cruz for many years and is the mother of two grown sons. In addition, she studied traditional Chinese medicine in San Francisco and in China. She practiced acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in Santa Cruz from 1982 to 2001. She taught the New Year’s Sesshin at Stiftung Felsentor in Switzerland for seven years, from 2005 to 2011. She has published two books:  Quiet Mind Open Heart: A Practice Period in Meditation, in 2007 and  A Light in the Mind, in 2010. She describes the subject of the first book as “how to meditate” and the theme of the second as “why we meditate.”