The sixth installment of the UNI Diplomat Series will feature Rev. Shoken Winecoff speaking on "Diplomacy and Religion.” Winecoff is the founder and abbot of Ryumonji Zen Monastery. He is a Dharma heir of the late Dainin Katagiri Roshi, founder of the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis and practiced with Katagiri Roshi from 1976 until Katagiri Roshi’s death in 1990. Shoken Roshi also received formal training in Japan from 1989 to 1992. Since that time he has devoted himself to establishing a Soto Zen monastery in the Midwest. Ryumonji Zen Monastery was founded in the year 2000 when land was donated in northeast Iowa. Since then four monastery buildings have been constructed in the ancient tradition of Zen monasteries. Ryumonji conducts zazen meditation sittings which are open to the public and monthly weekend retreats (sesshins) for lay practitioners. It is also a training monastery for Zen priests in the Midwest. Faculty, staff, students and the community are welcome.