Frank Seisho Diaz, Ph.D, Sensei, is the director and current spiritual leader of Open Mind Zen Indiana. Seisho received dharma transmission from Roshi Fusho Rapaport in 2021. He is also a member of the Lay Zen Teachers Association. He began studying Zen at Tallahassee’s Cypress Tree Zen Center in 1994. Along with teaching Zen, he is also founder and former Director of the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Wellness and Pedagogy (MBWP), and leads mindfulness workshops for teachers, artists, and the general public across the United States. He is on the faculty at Indiana University, where he teaches and conducts research on mindfulness in performing arts and education.
Darla Ryushin McKeeman is an Assistant Teacher at Open Mind Zen Indiana, having received authorization to teach from Seisho Sensei in 2022. Darla works as a psychologist with a private practice in Columbus, Indiana. She has used mindfulness-based practices for over a decade with clients presenting with varied mental health issues. She became interested in Buddhism in the 90’s which culminated in a Buddhist pilgrimage in 2012. At that time she took vows and began to study Tibetan Buddhism more formally with Zachoeje Rinpoche of the Emaho Foundation. As a result of a trip to Africa in 2019 she became a board member of Ecosource Sustainability Initiatives, whose current focus is the Kitale Children’s Home in Kitale, Kenya. Darla grew up in Indiana and has also lived in Nevada, Arizona and Texas before returning to Indiana in 1999.
Al Fusho Rapaport, Roshi, has practiced and taught Zen for nearly 50 years. He studied with Kozan Roshi, Maezumi Roshi, and Genpo Roshi until receiving Dharma Transmission from Shuzen Sensei in 2008. As President of Open Mind Productions, Al produced the first Yoga Journal Conferences as well as the Buddhism in America Conferences. He is author of Open Mind Zen: A Guide to Meditation, and currently serves as Director of Open Mind Zen Meditation Center and MBSR Florida in Melbourne, Florida. Roshi is a member of the White Plum Asangha, the American Zen Teachers Association and the Lay Zen Teachers Association.