Ardan Tozan Timmer (1966) is both a painter and a cook. In 1997 he started practicing Zen. From 1998 until 2003 he trained as an unsui (zen buddhist monk) with Zen master Jiun Hogen roshi in the International Zen Center Noorder Poort in Wapserveen. From that time on, his art and cartoons are inspired by the way of Zen; he uses these media to spread the dharma. He also guides a weekly meditation group at the International Zen Center Noorder Poort. In 2016 he was ordained as a Zen teacher and was given the name Tozan, which means Climbing the Mountain.