Jeff Bickner was ordained in 2003 by Norman Fischer at Green Gulch Farm and completed shuso training in 2006. He began practice at the Santa Cruz Zen Center with Kobun Chino in 1974. He moved to Green Gulch in 1980 and practiced there and at Tassajara until 1988. He now resides in Fairfax with his wife, Jaime. They are the owners of Bickner Dance Floor Rentals. He also designed and built their home and works in clay and wood. Playing the piano is an essential part of his daily life.
He considers himself a part of the sanghas of Vancouver (Mountain Rain), Bellingham (Red Cedar), the Everyday Zen sangha in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the San Francisco Zen Center; attending events and retreats at these sanghas, offering practice instruction and giving lectures. He is interested in moving into an exploration of integrating Buddhist values into educational formats for children.