Jeff Ward has led the practice of BMZG for many years. In 2017, Jeff received Dharma transmission as an independent lay Zen Buddhist teacher within the Diamond Sangha tradition from Subhana Bazarghi (http://subhana.com.au) and Paul Maloney, both from the Sydney Zen Centre (http://szc.org.au).
Jeff began his Buddhist practice in the mid-1970s in Sydney at Wat Buddharangsee in Stanmore, Sydney. He took up Zen practice while living in Tokyo in the mid-1980s. After returning to Australia he began practicing with the Sydney Zen Centre and continued his Zen training, attending retreats over the subsequent two decades. Jeff currently continues to practice with Jeff Shore (https://beingwithoutself.org) in Kyoto.
Jeff moved from Sydney to Canberra in 1994. Jeff is a clinical psychologist and was a member of the clinical psychology faculty at the Australian National University from 1996-2007. He is also a current faculty member of the Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists (https://www.aabcap.org). He continues to work as a clinical psychologist in private practice in Canberra.