About Daikin Sensei

Greg Daikin Hicks is an ordained Soto Zen priest in the White Plum Asanga. Daikin was first exposed to meditation practice in 1989, through the martial arts, and then with Taoist Qigong practice. He began Zen practice in 1994 in NYC at the Fire Lotus Temple and entered into formal training in 1995 as a student of the late John Daido Loori Roshi. After moving to California in 1999, Daikin practiced for a time with Nicolee Jikyo McMahon Roshi in San Diego, until he moved to Florida in 2004 and met Lou Mitsunen Nordstrom. Daikin immediately connected with Mitsunen, became his student and entered into a period of intense study with Mitsunen that continues today. Daikin received Dharma Transmission from Mitsunen in the Spring of 2014. Daikin is the head monk at Hokori-Ji in Lakeland, Fl. and enjoys serving the Zen Community at the Avon Park Correctional Facility as well. Daikin also has been given the designation of Qigong Master, by his teacher, Chinese Qigong Master Tianyou Hao, and teacher his system, The Inner Dan Arts Qigong. Daikin lives in the Tampa, Fl area with his family and teaches upper elementary age children at Beach Park Montessori School.