About the Author

Jikun Kathy Sankey, aka, Kathleen A. Sankey, OMD, LAc, is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of California. She was licensed in 1985 and received her doctorate in 1986. She served as an Examiner for the Acupuncture Examining Committee under the California State Board of Medical Quality Assurance from 1988 to 1990.

Dr. Sankey interned and subsequently worked with Dr. David Bresler, founder of the Pain Clinic at UCLA from 1983 to 1988. She has been in private practice since 1988 treating patients with acupuncture, nutrition, Chinese and Western herbs, and Jin Shin Jitsu.

Studied Tai Chi Chu’an, both empty hand and weapons, from Master Kai Ying Tung of Los Angeles from 1977 for twenty years. Taught Tai Chi for twelve years through Santa Monica Parks and Recreation.

She began Vipassana Meditation at the California Vipassana Center in Northfork, California in 1992 and participated in retreats for three years. In 1995 she began training in a Rinzai Zen Monastery known as Sogen-ji in Okayama, Japan, with Zen Master Shodo Harada Roshi. Although she traveled to Japan several times a year to train with zen monks at Sogenji from 1995 through 2011, she now trains primarily three retreats (sesshin) per year on Whidbey Island, Washington. She is currently involved in  Rinzai Zen Koan  training under Shodo Harada Roshi. She received her Dharma name, Jikun, meaning Fragrance of Compassion, from Harada Roshi at Sogenji in April 2000.

She heads the One Drop Zendo of Los Angeles which is a zen group affiliated with Sogen-ji Monastery in Okayama.

In addition to her acupuncture license, she holds a B.A. in French language from the University of Hawaii, and two certificates from the University of Paris at Sorbonne where she spent one year of study.