I was a Zen student with the White Wind Zen Community for many years and briefly a formal student after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I was given the Dharma name, “Ryojin” and told to practice with it, namely, it was my name.
I later “resigned” and was told I could not use my Dharma name anymore. So after signing many paintings with the name “Ryojin” and making new friends I decided to go with “Rio”.
Before that I was just “? the Clown.”