Ja An JDPSN (Dharma Master Bogumila Malinowska) was born in north-west Poland in 1961. After postgraduate teacher training she worked professionally as a teacher and then as a youth worker for youngsters with alcohol and drugs problems and challenging behaviour.
She started practice in Poland in 1983, and was running a Zen Centre in Poland before moving to the UK with her son in 2003. In 2005 she set up the London Zen Centre with the spiritual support of Bon Yo SSN and Wu Bong SSN. She received inka from Zen Master Wu Bong in September 2009 at the Warsaw Zen Centre. She currently runs her own business while her son Konrad is studying economics at a UK university.