Our Teachers


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Sandy Chubb – zen name: Rinko-an (trs: dignified graceful light) began zen practice with Yamata (Daido) Hogen in 1987, then with Sister Elaine MacInnes and John Gaynor  (See Our History) .  She was appointed Zen Teacher in 2013 and leads the Sanghas of The Oxford Zen Centre in Oxford and London.

Photo of Peter Wallis

Pete Wallis was brought up in a Quaker family. From childhood he recognised the importance of making time to be still, and found joy in sitting with others in silence. In 1994 he met Sister Elaine MacInnes and joined the Oxford Zen Centre, later working with Sister Elaine and Sandy Chubb at the Prison Phoenix Trust for four years.  He now works in restorative justice and is Assistant Zen Teacher of The Oxford Zen Centre.

Giles Charrington

Giles Charrington is one of the original members of The Oxford Zen Centre when Sister Elaine founded it in 1993.  Throughout his life he has had a practice of prayer, then when he started practising Zen, he realised that change can take place through simple absorption in the breath and the practice of silence. Giles is a trained counsellor and leads a silent meditation group in his local church.  He became an Assistant Teacher in the Oxford Zen Centre in 2018.


JohnJohn Gaynor – zen name: Eiun-ken (trs Bright Cloud) began zen practice with Sister Elaine MacInnes in 1997.  He was appointed Zen Teacher in 2005 with The Oxford Zen Centre and The Jizo Centre. From 2019 he will continue to guide occasional sesshins, but will be concentrating in the main on writing.


Meg Vaughan-Fowler began meditation practice in 1986, joined the Oxford Zen Centre in 1994 as the student of Sister Elaine MacInnes and later, of John Gaynor. She guides The Jizo Centre, London, as Assistant Teacher.

B company trench, I think2018Mark Hudson worked in L’Arche London with people with learning Disabilities, before moving to Dorset in 2013, where he mentors ex-offenders. Mark started practising Zen meditation in 2008, first as a student of John Gaynor and then of Sandy Chubb.  He is an Assistant Teacher in the London Jizo Zen Centre.