Rev. Phoebe van Woerden was born in 1949 in the Netherlands, and moved to Shasta Abbey in 1980, where she was ordained in 1981 by Reverend Master Jiyu-Kennett. She received Dharma Transmission in 1985 and studied at Shasta Abbey till 1990, most of the time as one of Rev. M. Jiyu’s personal assistants. In 1990 she moved to Throssel Hole Abbey in England, where she studied under Reverend Master Daishin Morgan until she was invited to join Reverend Master Jisho Perry at his small temple in Santa Barbara, CA. In 2000 the Santa Barbara Priory moved to become the Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple, at its current location, and in 2008 Rev. Phoebe became an American citizen. She is a Zen Master and teacher of Buddhism, and head monk of the Temple, working closely together with Reverend Master Seikai.
Born in California and raised in Nebraska, Rev. Seikai Luebke entered into a spiritual journey early in life, dropped out of college and returned to the West Coast. He entered religious life in 1977 at the age of 21, and was ordained a Zen Buddhist monk the next year by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett at Shasta Abbey in Mt. Shasta, California. Apart from a brief stint as a parish priest, Rev. Seikai spent 23 years in the monastery, filling a wide variety of roles including Gardener and Guestmaster, and worked doing maintenance, construction, and sewing of monastic garments. Then in 2000 when the Santa Barbara Zen Priory moved to Ventura County, becoming Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple, he moved there, putting all of the skills learned in the monastery to use in helping to establish the temple as a meditation retreat. He is a Zen Master and teacher of Buddhism in the Serene Reflection Meditation tradition.
Both Rev. Phoebe and Rev. Seikai are licensed by the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives (OBC).