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Zen Practice Centers

Postby Carol on Sat Sep 17, 2011 4:47 pm

Many people are looking for information about Zen Practice Centers. There is a wealth of information on the net.

This topic is for posting links to Zen Practice Centers. Where possible please post some excerpts from their website indicating their location, lineage, head teacher, and practice overview.
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Re: Zen Practice Centers

Postby Carol on Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:14 pm

Honolulu Diamond Sangha
Founded by Robert Aitken Roshi


The Honolulu Diamond Sangha (HDS), a lay Zen Buddhist organization, was founded in 1959 by Anne Hopkins Aitken and Robert Aitken, Roshi, dharma heir of Yamada Roshi and author of Taking the Path of Zen, The Gateless Barrier: The Wu Men Kuan, and seven other Zen books. Aitken Roshi recently passed away, on August 5, 2010.

In the early years of the Honolulu Diamond Sangha, Zen masters Nakagawa Soen, Yasutani Hakuun, and Yamada Koun served as dharma teachers. In 1974, Yamada Roshi recognized Robert Aitken as a Zen teacher. Aitken Roshi retired in 1996. After some years living on the Big Island of Hawai'i, he returned to live in the teacher's quarters at Palolo, where his students could care for him in his declining years. He passed away in 2010.

Robert Aitken's dharma heir Nelson Foster taught at the Honolulu Diamond Sangha from 1996 to 2006. Nelson accumulated many frequent flyer miles commuting between the Ring of Bone Zendo in Nevada City, California, his home base, and the Palolo Zen Center in Honolulu.

Recently, Nelson Foster gladly bowed out so that Michael Kieran could serve the community. Michael was authorized to teach by Nelson Foster in 1999, received Transmission in 2004, and ascended the Mountain Seat in 2006. He is an O'ahu resident and offers regular dokusan and sesshin at Palolo Zen Center.

The Honolulu Diamond Sangha has one center on the island of O'ahu. Palolo Zen Center (PZC) is nestled in a wooded 13 acre site at the back of Palolo Valley. The Palolo Zen Center comprises a zendo, teacher's quarters, and a residential wing. Activities at Palolo Zen Center include daily zazen, samu, one to eight-day sesshin, and opportunities for residential practice.

A Biography of Robert Aitken Roshi


(not all centers have web pages)


Adelaide Zen Group
Kuan-yin Zen Centre
Melbourne Zen Group
Sydney Zen Centre
Zen Group of Western Australia


Wolken und Mond Sanga


Maitai Zendo


Zen Desert Sangha


Deep Streams Institute
Ring of Bone Zendo
Rocks and Clouds Zendo


Denver Zen Center


Garden Island Sangha
Hilo Zen Circle
(PHONE: 808-961-3608)
Maui Zendo


East Rock Sangha


Mountain Cloud Zen Center


Seven Thunders Sangha


Empty Sky Sangha
(EMAIL Judith Evans, jbevans@tcac.net)


Three Treasures Sangha
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Re: Zen Practice Centers

Postby Carol on Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:27 pm

Pacific Zen Institute

Founded by John Tarrant Roshi, a dharma heir of Robert Aitken Roshi
Located in Santa Rosa, California

About Us

After 20 years of teaching koans in a classical way, John Tarrant, the founder of PZI, developed a new way of teaching koans in a setting that requires no experience with meditation or Zen. The emphasis is on taking one step into freedom. Everything we do is directed to that end.

Our mission is to develop a culture for transforming the mind through meditation, koans, conversation and the arts.

We hold 7-day and 1-day retreats devoted to freeing the mind. We also have small group seminars on koans.

As a community we help deepen one another's practice, often without really trying.

PZI holds weekly gatherings at our Practice Centers in Santa Rosa, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Cruz, California and in Phoenix, Arizona. These evenings include meditation, a talk and open discussion, and sometimes music and other things.

John Tarrant's website for more about his books, writings and teachings

Practice Centers

Santa Rosa Creek Zendo, Santa Rosa, CA Monday nights

Oakland Zendo, Oakland, CA
Monday nights

Wind-In-Grass Sangha, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday nights

Desert Lotus Zen Sangha, near Phoenix, Arizona
Monday nights
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Re: Zen Practice Centers

Postby Carol on Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:59 pm

Awakened Life, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Founded by Joan Sutherland Roshi, a dharma heir of John Tarrant Roshi

Welcome to Awakened Life

Awakened Life is a re-imagining of the Zen koan tradition that is rooted in its original values: life as a process of awakening; meditation, inquiry, imagination, and relationship as ways to discover and deepen that awakening; and creativity and caring for our world as the natural expression of awakening. We believe that Buddha nature is everywhere, and so we value the art and the metaphors, the myths and the landscapes of this time and place. Awakened Life is a constantly evolving field of practice, shaped by the experiences of people right here and now. Enlightenment as a conspiracy of friends.

The Awakened Life programs and community are in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where founding teacher Joan Sutherland lives. Awakened Life forms the center of The Open Source, a network of practice communities and individuals in the western United States committed to co-creation, life in this world, and awakening together.

The Open Source
The Open Source is a network of individuals and communities in the western United States engaged in Zen practice together. We emphasize collaboration, the development of authentic American expressions of Zen, and the confluence of koans and creativity. The Open Source is part of the Pacific Zen School, an innovative Western koan school with roots in East Asian traditions; it includes The Open Source and Pacific Zen Institute in Northern California. The house style honors the original Chinese koan way while emphasizing the integration of koan inquiry with contemporary lives, explores communal as well as individual koan practice and its relationship to creativity, highlights the contributions of women to the koan tradition, seeks to develop a body of Western koans, and in general is interested in what happens when you trust the koans themselves and the experiences of the people working with them to reveal the way the tradition should evolve.

The network is centered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Joan Sutherland teaches through Awakened Life. The network also includes

Open Source of Northern California
Springs Mountain Sangha in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wet Mountain Sangha in Pueblo, Colorado
and Desert Rain Zen Group in Tucson, Arizona

The Open Source was founded by Joan Sutherland, Roshi.

Open Source teacher Sarah Bender, Sensei is the resident teacher for Springs Mountain Sangha in Colorado Springs. From 2001 to 2006 Sarah Bender served as the meditation instructor for Springs Mountain Sangha, and in 2006 she received authorization to teach from Joan Sutherland, becoming a sensei with The Open Source. She is also the Cadet Chapel Buddhist Program Leader for the United States Air Force Academy, and she leads occasional retreats for the Wet Mountain Sangha, in Pueblo. She is a learning disability specialist in private practice.

Andrew Palmer, Sensei, began practicing with Springs Mountain Sangha in 1999 and was named a meditation instructor in 2007. He was authorized to teach by Joan Sutherland in February 2011, and looks forward to continuing to develop Our Way while having the opportunity to work more closely with others, individually and in retreat settings, as an Open Source sensei. Andrew's love of koans and affinity for the ancestors combines with an everyday, ordinary-mind-is-the-way approach to practice, where awakening is always readily at hand. Andrew lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and son. He is a social worker for El Paso County, helping children and families in need.

Our practice has the power to reveal a Zen that is not bound to another time and a different place, a Zen that is native to us; we begin to recognize the ineffable in the images and metaphors of this time and place, arising out of our landscapes, our ancestral spirits, our poetries, our psyches, and our songs.
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Re: Zen Practice Centers

Postby Carol on Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:23 pm

Boundless Way Zen
Founded by James Ishmael Ford Roshi, a dharma heir of John Tarrant Roshi and, in the Soto tradition, from Jiyu Kennett Roshi
and by Boundless Way Teachers David Dayan Rynick is a Dharma successor to Zen Master George Bomun Bowman. Zen Master Bowman, in addition to being a Dharma successor to Zen Master Seung Sahn has trained extensively in the Japanese Rinzai tradition with Kyozan Joshu Sasaki Roshi. and Melissa Myozen Blacker is a Dharma successor to James Ford. James Ford is a Dharma successor in the Soto tradition from Jiyu Kennett Roshi and from the Soto reform Harada-Yasutani tradition from John Tarrant Roshi.



The great project of Zen is awakening.

On the one hand Zen is about the most important things in our lives. Within the practices of Zen we have an opportunity to come to our deepest knowing, to find who we are, and how we fit within the world. As such Zen is focused on the disciplines of meditation, the technologies of awakening. On the other hand Zen is about becoming ordinary, discovering who we are within the simplest moments of our lived lives. And so Zen is also about how we eat our breakfast, how we treat children, and how we care for each other. It is about poetry and dance and politics and changing the world.

Zen is a path deeply rooted within the teachings of the Buddha, enriched by encounters with the sages of China, and now also through additional meetings with cultures across the globe. Zen is accessible to anyone who wishes to explore the contours of her mind, the shape of his heart: women and men, young and old, scholars and those who don't even read the morning newspaper.

One western Medieval author wrote of "a cloud of unknowing" and this image is instantly recognizable by Zen practitioners. In Zen our awakening to the reality of the world has many names, each pointing beyond names: the unborn, beginner's mind, only don't know. This cloud of unknowing is a possibility for each of us that exists before our first thought, as well as being the all-consuming reality of all our thoughts and actions. This unknowing, unborn or beginner's mind and heart is the deepest aspect of our human condition and is the source of wisdom and compassion.

Zen is both the experience of reality, and a way toward that experience. As such Zen is about transformation. There is magic within this transformation, because as we find ourselves changing, we notice that the world around us also begins to change. This path of transformation of self and the world is called the Bodhisattva way. This is a path of reconciliation where our hearts and minds and the very earth itself are discovered to be holy, where the divisions of self and other become less clear, and our every act becomes sacred.

Zen Disciplines

There are any number of ways a person can awaken to see into the heart of this matter of our profound interconnectedness to each other. But ultimately this experience of insight happens spontaneously. Awakening is a glorious happenstance, a mysterious accident. And none can claim causal responsibility. We each come to it in our own way. For some it is a flash of illumination. For others it is a gentle unfolding like the petals of a particularly fragrant flower. This insight into our true nature happens within all religions and none. This awareness of our profound interweaving with all beings is nothing other than our birthright as human beings.

At the same time we can live our whole lives without ever having this insight that heals and opens new possibilities. The Zen disciplines are simply ways that have evolved over the generations of our human experience to particularly enhance the possibility of our coming to our own intimate and direct knowing. So, if awakening is an accident, the practices of Zen make us particularly accident-prone.

Zen is not a theology or set of beliefs. The practice of Zen invites us to come into a deeper relationship with this moment — to learn how to fully participate in our life of each moment. We practice together and with the guidance of a teacher, not to learn what someone else knows, but to uncover the wisdom and aliveness that is already present within each one of us.

The principal discipline of Zen is 'shikantaza', literally "just sitting". In just sitting, we allow ourselves to become aware of our experience moment to moment. Through this deceptively simple practice we begin to see how the constant activity of the mind can be a barrier between us and the aliveness of each moment. 'Shikantaza' is both a path to and an expression of our basic sanity, wisdom, and compassion. As we learn how to cultivate a basic friendliness with ourselves as we actually are, we begin to see that what we have been looking for is already here.

The other great discipline of the Zen way is 'koan' introspection. Koans are poems and stories that both embody and elicit a moment of penetrating insight, bringing us to the dazzling reality of presence. The western master of koan introspection John Tarrant Roshi has described a koan as "being like a jewel and the koan system as being a treasure box of world culture".

Boundless Way Zen offers opportunities for engaging with both of these ancient disciplines as well as with other traditional Buddhist practices under the direct guidance of several qualified Zen teachers. We are an independent sangha bringing together the insights of both the Soto and Rinzai lines of Zen.

Regular Practice

The core of Zen discipline is regular meditation practice. We need to find time in our lives to sit down, to shut up and to pay attention. The core work of the sanghas, the local communities of Boundless Way Zen, is to support individuals' practice through providing opportunities to regularly meet and meditate together. In practicing together, we are supported and encouraged on this path of awakening. Please consult the websites of our local sanghas for their meditation schedules.


Henry Thoreau Zen Sangha
Newton, MA

Spring Hill Zen
Medford, MA

Ralph Waldo Emerson Zen Sangha
Boston, MA

Worcester Zen Community
Worcester, MA

Wellspring Zen
West Hartford, CT

Greenfield Zen
Greenfield, MA

Benevolent Street Zen Sangha
Providence, RI
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Re: Zen Practice Centers

Postby Carol on Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:50 pm

Mt. Baldy Zen Center
Joshu Sasaki Roshi's Los Angeles Area Training Center

Rinzai-ji Zen Center
Main Temple
2505 Cimarron St.
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(323) 732-2263

Our Teacher

Kyozan Joshu Sasaki, Roshi

Born in 1907 in Japan’s rural Miyagi Prefecture, Kyozan Joshu Sasaki Roshi became a novice at the age of 14 under Joten Soko Miura Roshi, a master in the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism. Under Joten’s guidance, Joshu Sasaki became an Osho after seven years, and when Joten was appointed head abbot of Myoshin-ji, the preeminent Rinzai temple, Joshu Sasaki followed him there to continue his training.

In 1947 at age 40 Joshu Sasaki received full authority as a Roshi and became abbot of his own temple, eventually relocating to, restoring and presiding over Shoju-an, a remote monastery in the Japanese Alps founded by Shoju Ronin, teacher of the great 18th Century Zen master Hakuin. In 1962, Daiko Furukawa, Joten Roshi’s successor as abbot of Myoshin-ji, asked Joshu Roshi to begin teaching in America.

Joshu Roshi arrived in Los Angeles on July 21, 1962, and has remained a US resident ever since. Rinzai-Ji, his main city temple, was established in Los Angeles in 1968, followed by his two main training centers, the Mount Baldy Zen Center in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California (1972) and the Bodhi Manda Zen Center in New Mexico, just outside Albuquerque (1973). His students have opened centers in the US, Puerto Rico, Canada, Austria, and Germany. Joshu Roshi continues to maintain a full and uncompromising schedule. Through his teachings and work he emphasizes direct experience over an intellectual or pious approach to spiritual growth. Today, he represents the last of a generation of pioneering Japanese teachers who brought dharma to the West.

Rinzai-ji Centers

There are over 20 Rinzai-Ji Zen Centers; all are affiliated with the Mt Baldy training center. These centers are managed by priests trained by Joshu Roshi.


Hakuun-ji Zen Center
Hakuun Sokai Barratt, Osho
1448 Cedar St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 894-6353


Hollywood Zen Center
Kigen Ekeson, Osho

8261 Fountain Ave., apt. 6
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Joshu Zen Center
Gisan Kodo & Hoon Myosen Olson, Oshos
1401 Camino Real Circle
Hemet, CA 92543

Mt. Cobb Saisho Zen-ji
Gido & Eko Schnabel, Oshos
P O Box 1290
Cobb, CA 95426
(707) 928-5667

Rinzai-ji Zen Center
Main Temple
2505 Cimarron St.
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(323) 732-2263


Mountain Gazing Zen Center
Seido Clark, Osho
15975 CR30
Dolores, CO 81321
(970) 882-2530


Miami Zen Center
2219 SW 59th Ave.
Miami, FL 33155
(305) 266-0830


Hôun-an at the Cambridge Buddhist Association
Kyoon Dokuro Jaeckel, Osho
75 Sparks Street
Cambridge, Ma 02138


Albuquerque Zen Center
Kogan Seiju Mammoser, Osho
2300 Garfield SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 268-4877

Bodhi Manda Zen Center
Vice Abbess Jiun Hosen Ranger, Osho
PO Box 8 Jemez Springs,
NM 87025
(505) 829-3854


Ithaca Zen Center
Yoshin Radin, Osho
56 Lieb Road
Spencer, NY 14883
(607) 272-0694

Long Island Zen Center
Genshin Kann, Osho
One Jefferson Ferry Dr. Apt. 3326
South Setauket, NY 11720
(631) 650-3126

Princeton Zen Society
Chinzan Fehmi, Osho
317 Mt. Lucas Rd.
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 924-0782

Centro Zen de Puerto Rico 497 Ave. Emiliano Pol, Apto. 186
La Cumbre, Rio Piedras, PR 00926
(809) 720-5578


Little Zendo of Entsu-ji
Shozan Joslyn, Osho
8842 Mandus Olson Road NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 842-2828
FAX (206) 842-8400

Puget Sound Zen Center
Gakudo Koshin Cain, Osho
PO Box 2644, Vashon, WA 98070

Silent Shin Zendo
1548 Beverly Place
Berkeley CA, 94706




Zen Centre of Vancouver
Hoju Eshin, Osho
4269 Brant St.
Vancouver BC V5N 5B5 Canada
(604) 879-0229


Centre Zen de La Main
Zengetsu Myokyo McLean, Osho
30 Rue Vallieres
Montreal, PQ, H2W 1C2 Canada
(514) 842-3648


Bodhidharma Zendo Wien
Fleischmarkt 16 1010
Vienna, Austria
(011) 43-1-513-3880

Zendo Biberstraße
Biberstrasse 9/2 1010
Vienna, Austria
(011) 43-1- 522-0910


Zen in Augsburg
Neidhartstraße 13, 86159 Augsburg
Tel. & Fax : 08 121 / 55 06 966
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Re: Zen Practice Centers

Postby Carol on Sat Sep 17, 2011 7:35 pm

One Drop Zendo

Founded by Shodo Harada Roshi
Rinzai school

Tahoma Zen Monastery
Located on Whidbey Island in Washington State, the Tahoma Zen Monastery cultivates the practice of mindfulness in life and work. The Monastery maintains a daily schedule of morning and evening meditation, weekend retreats once a month and intensive meditation training twice a year. Members support the local community by providing respite retreats for caregivers and the operation of a home for people who are dying.

Shodo Harada Roshi

Shodo Harada Roshi was born in 1940 in Nara, Japan. He began his Zen training in 1962 when he entered Shofuku-ji monastery in Kobe, Japan, where he trained under Yamada Mumon Roshi (1900-1988) for twenty years. He was then given dharma transmission (inka) and was subsequently made abbot of Sogenji monastery in Okayama, Japan, where he has taught since 1982.

Harada Roshi (Roshi means "teacher") is heir to the teachings of Rinzai sect Zen Buddhism as passed down in Japan from Hakuin and his successors. Harada Roshi's teaching includes the traditional Rinzai practices of daily sutra chanting, zazen (seated meditation), sanzen (private interviews with the teacher), susokkan (breathing), koan ('past cases') study, samu (work), sesshin (intensive retreats), teisho (lectures by the teacher), and takuhatsu (alms receiving). While the outward appearance of this type of training may seem rigorous and spartan to some, it is important to note that Harada's teaching is formed by deep compassion and permeated by the simple and direct Mahayana doctrine that all beings are endowed with the clear, pure Original Buddha Mind. The purpose of our training is to realize this mind in ourselves and in all other beings.

With this all-embracing view constantly in mind, Harada Roshi has been training people of various backgrounds at Sogenji since 1982 and welcomes serious students (men and women, lay and ordained) from all over the world. Over the past twenty years, he has trained men and women from Germany, Spain, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Denmark, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Iran, Greece, Sweden, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Vietnam, and Japan.

In 1989, Harada Roshi made his first visit to Seattle, where he led a sesshin at the home of one of his senior students. He has returned since then to lead sesshins, at first once and then twice each year, at other locations in Washington state, including Cloud Mountain Retreat Center, Bastyr University, and the Whidbey Institute. Several years ago, as facilities were developed on site, the Roshi began to lead sesshins at Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery on Whidbey Island, with expectations of increasing his visits to Whidbey Island--and hence the number of sesshins he will lead--to three each year.

The Roshi also visits Europe and/or Asia once each year to lead sesshins and maintain his connection with students there. In past years, he has led sesshins in Denmark, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, and India.

When possible, the Roshi plans to take up permanent residence as the abbot of Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery on Whidbey Island, at which time the practice and sesshin schedule will be significantly expanded and intensified.

A recent interview, "Shodo Harada Roshi: Nuclear Reactor of Zen" appears in Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly.

One Drop Zendo Groups

Tahoma Sogenji Monastery Whidbey Island, WA USA
Hokuozan Sogenji Monastery North Germany Germany
Bijapur One Drop India Nagpur India
Sogenji Monastery Okayama Japan

One Drop Sitting Groups
Zen meditation at Nalanda West Seattle, WA USA
Seattle One Drop Zendo Seattle, WA USA
Boonville One Drop Zendo Boonville, MO USA
One Drop Zendo of Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA USA
Moon Water Dojo Port Townsend, WA USA
Watermoon Dojo Fort Langley, BC Canada
One Drop Zendo Copenhagen Copenhagen Denmark
Zen Buddhist Association Copenhagen Denmark
Kregme One Drop Centre Kregme Denmark
Ten-chi Dojo Odense Denmark
One Drop Zendo Stuttgart Stuttgart Germany
One Drop Zendo Munich Munich Germany
Budapest One Drop Group 1 Budapest Hungary
Budapest One Drop Group 2 Budapest Hungary
Bijapur One Drop India Bijapur, Karnataka India
One Drop Zendo Palermo Palermo Italy
One Drop Zendo Mexico Mazatlan Mexico
Polish One Drop Group Szczecin Poland
One Drop Group Russia Moscow Russia
One Drop Zendo Basel Basel Switzerland

Affiliated Zen Groups
Great Vow Zen Monastery Clatskanie, OR USA
Mountain Gate - Sanmonji Ojo Sarco, NM USA
Hidden Valley Zen Center San Diego, CA USA
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Re: Zen Practice Centers

Postby Nonin on Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:05 pm

If you go on http://www.americanzenteachers.org, you'll find many listings of teachers from a variety of traditions and their practice places not only in the US, but in a couple of other countries.
AMERICAN ZEN TEACHERS ASSOCIATION MISSION STATEMENT: The purpose of the American Zen Teachers Association is to foster dialogue among Zen Buddhist teachers and to provide access to information about Zen Buddhist practice and teaching.

Current members of AZTA are second+ generation Zen (Chan, Son etc.) Teachers from North America. AZTA is open for membership to all Zen Teachers from any country in the world that are deemed qualified according to our Membership criteria

It is our hope that this site will provide help in locating properly qualified Zen Teachers for those wishing to learn more about the Zen Buddha Dharma. In order to do so this site includes a database of Zen Practice Centers.

If you go to http://www.szba.org, you'll find many listings of Soto Zen teachers and their practice places, mostly in the US, but in a couple of other countries also.

On both of the above websites, some of the teachers listed lead affiliate groups in a few other countries, but you'll have to go to their individual websites to find them.

For those all over the globe, try http://www.buddhanet.net. They have a country-by-country world-wide listing of Zen Buddhist groups, temples, and monasteries, along with their websites, all over the world, but you'll have to sift through each country to find the Zen Buddhist practice places, for Buddhanet lists all the schools active in each country.

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Re: Zen Practice Centers

Postby Carol on Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:11 pm

Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji
Great Plum Mountain - Listening to the Dharma Zen Temple

a Seattle Zen Temple in the Rinzai Dharma line
Head Teacher: Genjo Marinello Osho

Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji or "The Listening to the Dharma Zen Temple on Great Plum Mountain" was founded in Seattle,WA by Zen Master Genki Takabayashi. Genki Roshi was invited by the Seattle Zen Center (founded by Dr. Glenn Webb, at the time a University of Washington Art History professor) to become the resident teacher in the fall 1978. He accepted, and by 1983 formalized his teaching style around a small group of students and founded Cho Bo Zen Ji. Before Genki Roshi came to Seattle, he trained for nearly twenty years at Daitoku-Ji, the head Rinzai temple in Japan, founded in the fourteenth century. In addition Genki Roshi directed a Rinzai temple in Kamakura, Japan. He entered the monastery when he was eleven years old.

After twenty years of tirelessly giving himself to the transmission of Buddha Dharma to the United States, in 1997 he retired as our teacher (see Retirement Teisho), got married and moved to Montana. There he has planted the seeds for yet another American Zen group, and doing the activities he loves best, gardening, pottery, calligraphy, writing and cooking. In 1990, Genki Roshi fully ordained two priests, including Kokan Genjo Marinello Osho and Daiju Gentei Diedricks Osho, who now lives in the Bay Area. On April 8th, 2007, Genki Roshi also fully ordained Genko Ni Osho.

Genjo Osho began his Zen training in 1975, and was ordained an unsui(priest in training) in 1980. In 1981-82 he trained at RyutakuJi in Japan. Genjo Osho was formally installed as our second Abbot on Rinzai Zenji's (d.866) memorial day January 10th, 1999. In addition to being our Abbot, Genjo Osho is a psychotherapist in private practice, a certificated spiritual director from a program affiliated with the Vancouver School of Theology, married to wife, Carolyn, and devoted father to daughter, Adrienne. Our temple is in the Rinzai - Hakuin Ekaku Zenji Dharma Line, after Genki Roshi retired, Genjo Marinello Osho trained with Eido Shimano Roshi, abbot of DaiBosatsu Monastery in New York, who affirmed Genjo Osho as a Dharma Heir on May 21st, 2008. Genjo Osho-san is a member of the American Zen Teachers Association. Genjo's Dharma Talks have been published in several Dharma journals beginning with the Theosphical Society’s Quest Magazine in 1991. Genjo Osho’s commentary on Koan Practice has been translated into several languages.

Genjo Osho has served the greater Seattle community as an Adjunct Faculty member at Antioch University Seattle in Buddhist Studies, a member of the Religious Coalition for Equality, a volunteer Buddhist pastor for the Washington State Department of Corrections, a Spiritual Director associated with Anamchara ­ a Progam of Multifaith Works, and has worked repeatedly with the Church Council of Greater Seattle in interfaith trauma response to tragedies. Genjo Osho is assisted by Genko Kathy Blackman Ni-Osho, who is also a Urasenke Japanese Tea Teacher and a member of the Religious Services Advisory Committee of the Washington State Department of Corrections.

Genjo Osho's Commentary on Koan Practice
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Re: Zen Practice Centers

Postby Carol on Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:38 pm

Kwan Um School of Zen

About Us

The Kwan Um School of Zen is an international organization of Zen centers and groups founded under the direction of Zen Master Seung Sahn. The School began with the establishment of its international head temple, the Providence Zen Center, in 1972. Over the years, Zen Master Seung Sahn and his students have helped establish dozens of centers and groups around the world.

In 1983, this growth led to the formal organizing of the Kwan Um School of Zen, with the purpose of providing cohesion and administrative support to all of it’s centers. Kwan Um means “perceive world sound,” to compassionately hear the cries of the universe.

Our Lineage

Kwan Um School Lineage

The Kwan Um School of Zen’s teaching lineage is part of the Korean Soen tradition. The founding teacher of our School, Zen Master Seung Sahn, is the 78th teacher in his line of Dharma Transmission. All students of Zen Master Seung Sahn to whom he has given Dharma Transmission are thus the 79th teachers in their personal lineages.

The Korean Soen lineage comes from the Chinese Rinzai lines and became separate around the year 1200. Famous Zen Masters in our lineage include the six Zen Patriarchs, Ma-tsu, Pai-chang, Lin-chi and Nan-chuan. Zen Master Seung Sahn received Dharma Transmission from Zen Master Ko Bong at the age of 22. His lineage also includes the noted Korean Zen Masters Man Gong and Kyong Ho.


Buenos Aires Kwan Um Group

Mexico City Zen Center

United States
Cold Mountain Zen Center
Myung Wol Zen Center
Little Rock Zen Group
Morning Star Zen Center
Dharma Zen Center
Empty Gate Zen Center
New Haven Zen Center
Delaware Valley Zen Center
Cypress Tree Zen Group
Gateless Gate Zen Center
[url-http://orlandozen.com/]Orlando Zen Center[/url]
Ten Directions Zen Community
Indianapolis Zen Center
Kansas Zen Center
Prairyerth Zen Center
Tallgrass Zen
Northern Light Zen Center
Cambridge Zen Center
Cape Cod Zen Center
Open Meadow Zen Group
Zen Center of Las Vegas
New York:
Chogye International Zen Center
Korea Buddhism Jogei Temple of America
Three Treasures Zen Center
Red Earth Zen Center
Zen Group of Pittsburgh
Rhode Island:
Providence Zen Center
Ocean Light Zen Center
Great Lake Zen Center
Isthmus Zen Community
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Re: Zen Practice Centers

Postby Carol on Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:50 pm

White Plum Asanga

White Plum Asanga is an organization of peers whose members are leaders of Zen Communities in the lineage of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi.

The White Plum Lineage was established by Taizan Maezumi Roshi (1931-1995), one of the great pioneers of modern Zen, who opened up a unique tradition of Buddhist practice to a worldwide movement. As a successor in three different lineages of the Soto as well as the Rinzai school, he drew from an exceptionally rich background and expressed the teaching of the Buddha in a very broad and colorful way.

The teachers and practice centers that are listed here represent the vision of Maezumi Roshi.

The Venerable Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi,
founder, White Plum Asanga

The Venerable Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi, a seminal influence on the growth of Zen Buddhism in the United States, was ordained as a Soto Zen monk at the age of eleven. He received degrees in Oriental Literature and Philosophy from Komazawa University and studied at Sojiji, one of the two main Soto monasteries in Japan. He received Dharma transmission from Hakujun Kuroda, Roshi, in1955. He also received approval as a teacher (Inka ) from both Koryu Osaka Roshi, and Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, thus becoming a Dharma successor in three lines of Zen.

In 1956, Maezumi Roshi came to Los Angeles as a priest at Zenshuji Temple, the Soto Headquarters of the United States. He devoted his life to laying a firm foundation for the growth of Zen Buddhism in the West. In1967, he established the Zen Center of Los Angeles. Its honorary founder is Baian Hakujun Daiosho, who headed the Soto Sect Supreme Court and was one of the leading figures of Japanese Soto Zen. Maezumi Roshi established six temples in the United States and Europe that are formally registered with Soto Headquarters in Japan. In addition to ZCLA, these include Zen Mountain Center in California; Zen Community of New York (Tetsugen Glassman, Abbot); Kanzeon Zen Centers of Salt Lake City, Utah and Europe (Genpo Merzel, Abbot); and Zen Mountain Monastery in New York (Daido Loori, Abbot). Affiliated centers also include the Great Mountain Zen Center in Colorado (Shishin Wick, teacher), Zen Community of Oregon (Chozen Bays, teacher); Three Treasures Zen Community in San Diego (Jikyo Miller, teacher); Centro Zen de Mexico, Coyoacan (Tesshin Sanderson, teacher), and Centro Zen de la Cuidad deMexico. In addition, there are over fifty groups in the Americas and Europe that are affiliated with ZCLA.

In 1976, Maezumi Roshi established the Kuroda Institute for the Study of Buddhism and Human Values, a non-profit educational organization formed to promote scholarship on Buddhism in its historical, philosophical, and cultural ramifications. The Institute serves the scholarly community by providing a forum in which scholars can gather at conferences and colloquia. The Institute also publishes a book series with the University of Hawaii Press devoted to the translation of East Asian Buddhist classics and presentations of scholarly works from its conferences. Maezumi Roshi also founded the Dharma Institute in Mexico City. Maezumi Roshi founded the White Plum Asanga, named after his father Baian Hakujun Daiosho.

He transmitted the Dharma to twelve successors: Bernard Tetsugen Glassman (NY), Dennis Genpo Merzel (UT & Europe), Charlotte Joko Beck (CA), Jan Chozen Bays (OR), John Daido Loori (NY), Gerry Shishin Wick (CO), John Tesshin Sanderson (Mexico), Alfred Jitsudo Ancheta (CA), Charles Tenshin Fletcher (CA), Susan Myoyu Andersen (IL), Nicolee Jikyo Miller (CA), and William Nyogen Yeo (CA). These twelve successors have further transmitted the Dharma to nine"second-generation" successors. In America, Maezumi Roshi ordained 68 Zen priests and gave the lay Buddhist precepts to over 500 people. As a major contribution to the transmission of Buddhist teachings to the West, Maezumi Roshi was instrumental in bringing to realization the formation of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association (SZBA) of American Soto Zen teachers. Maezumi Roshi also promoted exchange programs among priests and lay practitioners between the United States and Japan. He had published commentaries on major Buddhist works, and his collected works will be published posthumously.

At the age of 64 Maezumi Roshi died suddenly in Tokyo, Japan in the early morning hours of Monday, May 15 (Japanese time), 1995. Maezumi Roshi is survived by his wife Martha Ekyo Maezumi and their three children, Kirsten Mitsuyo, Yuri Jundo and Shira Yoshimi. Intimate funeral services and cremation were held in Tokyo, Japan on May 19 to 20, 1995. The main funeral was held on Sunday, August 27, 1995 in Los Angeles, CA.

For a list of practice centers around the world and in the US, go here. There are links to many web pages.
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Re: Zen Practice Centers

Postby Carol on Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:38 pm

As Nonin mentioned above, the Soto Zen Buddhist Association lists many Soto Zen teachers and centers.

The ancient spiritual practice offered by Soto Zen is particularly relevant in today’s complex and dynamic world. As the pace of life continues to accelerate, as families and individuals feel less close than in past generations, and as relationships constantly change, it is easy to lose one’s spiritual compass. Despite an ever increasing standard of living and opportunities for knowledge, careers, and leisure that come with each improvement in technology, peace of mind remains elusive.

The heart of Zen is selfless meditation; its goal is to be awake to one’s universal condition, beyond the transiency and concerns of everyday affairs. Soto Zen offers a quiet, disciplined practice that enables us to express our inherent wisdom and composure by expanding awareness and setting aside distractions. As the mind increases its capacity to respond creatively to difficulties that arise amid the tensions of a pressure-filled life, stress is replaced by confidence and buoyancy. By seeing into the Truth of one’s own nature, the anxiety of self-orientation is transformed into an attitude of equanimity and caring.

Soto Zen practice encourages paying attention to the workings of one’s own mind and to the discovery of each persons potential for compassion and universal connection with all life. It places particular importance on living mindfully in all dimensions of daily life, including family, work, and community. Through the unfolding of selflessness, Zen practitioners expand their inherent qualities of generosity, patience, kindness, humor, and wisdom.

Complete list of Affiliated United States centers with web links here.

Anchorage Zen Community

Bay Zen Center
Zen Mountain Center / Yokoji
Arcata Zen Center
Berkeley Zen Center / Shogakuji
Peaceful Sea Sangha
Stone Creek Zen Center
Russian River Zendo
Jikoji Zen Center
Kumeido / The Little River Zen Center
Floating Zendo
Zen Heart Sangha at Peninsula School
Kannon Do
Shasta Abbey
Everyday Zen Foundation
Empty Nest Zendo/Kusodo
Beginner's Mind Zen Center
Dharma Eye Zen Center / Old Fig Zen Temple
Hartford Street Zen Center
San Francisco Zen Center / Beginners Mind Temple
Middle Way Zen/San Jose Zendo
Everyday Dharma Zen Center
Santa Cruz Zen Center / Jorinzan Gyokuon-ji
Ocean Gate Zen Center
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center / Green Dragon Temple
The Vimala Sangha
Bamboo In The Wind
Clear Water Temple/Vallejo Zen Center
Vista Zen Center
Zen Heart Sangha
Zenshuji Soto Mission
Modesto Valley Heartland Zen
Fresno River Zen
Zen Center of Los Angeles
Mt. Diablo Zen Group
San Quentin Zen - The Buddhadharma Sangha

Prairie Mountain Zendo

The Southern Palm Zen Group
Daishin Zendo

Atlanta Soto Zen Center

Cedar Rapids Zen Center
Ryumonji Zen Monastery
Iowa City Zen Center

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate
Udumbara Zen Center

Sanshin Zen Community/Sanshinji

Boundless Way Zen
Spring Hill Zen
Ralph Waldo Emerson Zen Sangha
Boundless Way Temple (Mugendo-ji)

Great River Zendo

Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center/Jikaiji
Minnesota Zen Meditation Center / Ganshoji
Clouds in Water Zen Center
Wild Fox Zen Yugeji

North Carolina
Great Tree Women's Temple
Zen Center of Asheville / Magnanimous Mind Temple
Chapel Hill Zen Center / Red Cedar Mountain Temple

Nebraska Zen Center / Heartland Temple

New Jersey
Heart Circle Sangha

New Mexico
Desert Mirror Zendo and Guest House
Hokoji Zendo
Upaya Zen Center / Dokanji
Silver City Zen Center (Ginzan-Ji)

New York
Brooklyn Zen Center
Empty Hand Zen Center
Village Zendo / Dotokuji
Twining Vines Sangha
Zen Center of New York City, Fire Lotus Temple
Zen Mountain Monastery

Toledo Zen Center

Dharma Rain Zen Center
Ashland Zen Center / Siskiyou Sansui Do
Great Vow Zen Monastery / Jizo Mountain
Eugene Zendo
Zen Center of Portland

Mt. Equity Zendo / Jihoji
Zen Center of Pittsburgh / Deep Spring Temple

Rhode Island
Benevolent Street Zen Sangha

Austin Zen Center / Zenkeiji
Houston Zen Center
San Antonio Zen Center

The Boulder Mountain Zendo

Dragon Chant Zen Center

Shao Shan Temple

Red Cedar Zen Community
Olympia Zen Center / Ryoko-an
One Pine Hall

Milwaukee Zen Center / Kokyo-an

Atlantic Soto Zen Center

Daishinji - Magnanimous Mind Zen Temple

Zendo Du Boulay


Treeleaf Zendo

El Centro Zen de Mexico A.R. (CZM)
Grupo Zen de Puerto Vallarta
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Re: Zen Practice Centers

Postby Carol on Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:51 pm

The Savannah Zen Center

Rev. Fugon Cindy Beach began her study of Buddhism in 1965, and practiced meditation on her own until she began her formal Zen practice in 1996. She was Lay-Ordained in 1997 by Taitaku Pat Phelan at The Chapel Hill Zen Center in the Soto Zen lineage of The San Fransisco Zen Center and Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.

Cindy and her husband moved to Savannah, GA in 2001. The Minister Emeritus, Audry Vincent, of the UU Church of Savannah, welcomed Cindy’s offer to start a meditation group at the church. In 2002, Cindy began sewing zafus and zabutons for the Zendo, and the group took life. In 2004, she introduced the formal practice of Soto Zen to the then called, Savannah Buddhist Sitting Group, training members of the Sangha in the roles of Doan, Kokyo and Ino and Chiden. Since that time, the group has increased its practice to include weekday mornings and evenings and Sundays. Cindy has led four sesshins in that time and two more in the past two years led by Taiun Michael Elliston, Abbot of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center.

In 2007, Cindy made the decision to enter the Priest Path. As it was difficult to travel to North Carolina to study with her first teacher, Taitaku Sensei, Sensei gave her blessings for Cindy to study with Taiun Michael Elliston, Abbot of The Atlanta Soto Zen Center and in June of 2008, she was officially installed by the Abbot, as Head Teacher of the newly named Savannah Zen Center. At that time she assisted the Abbot in the Initiation Ceremony of three of her students. Cindy is also student to Seirin Barbara Kohn, Abbess of The Austin Zen Center.

She is now preparing to sew her Okesa and will begin Ango (3 month monastic practice) in 2010, to then be fully ordained Priest upon the completion of her monastic practice.

Rev. Fugon is a retired psychotherapist, whose private practice, Inner Balance Coaching, serves the community with spiritual, relationship and career coaching. Cindy has one son who resides in California.
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Re: Zen Practice Centers

Postby Carol on Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:59 pm

North Carolina Zen Center

A Rinzai Zen Temple guided by Sandy Gentai Stewart, Osho
in the lineage of Joshu Sasaki Roshi
Born in 1938, Sandy Gentei Stewart became interested in Zen when he was 16 and heard Alan Watts speak on the radio. At age 29 he heard a radio interview with Joshu Sasaki Roshi and immediately knew he had found his teacher. In 1971 he was ordained as a Zen teacher (Osho) and became Vice-Abbot of the Cimarron Zen Center (now Rinzai-ji in Los Angeles.
In 1975 he was appointed abbot of the Jemez Bodhi Mandala (now Bodhi Manda) in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Three years later he moved to North Carolina with his wife Susanna and step-daughter Lara. Sandy has been the guiding force behind the North Carolina Zen Center.

The Brooks Branch Zendo of the North Carolina Zen Center exists as a place for the study and practice of Rinzai Zen, in order to nurture a community of practitioners in the realization of the awakened mind and heart.
Whether you are a seasoned practitioner with years of experience or a beginner interested in taking the first steps toward a meditation practice, we welcome you.

Zen Retreats at Sosen-ji
As a Rinzai Zen practice center, Sosen-ji holds four Zen retreats ever year, one in each of the four seasons. The retreats in the winter and summer are usually four-day retreats, beginning on a Thursday and ending on Sunday, while the spring and autumn retreats are usually week-long retreats, generally running from Thursday to Thursday. Dates change from year to year, so please check the calendar page for actual dates of upcoming retreats.

Zen retreats at Sosen-ji are periods of formal practice known as Zazen-kai, which means "Zen Gathering." They are conducted in a manner similar to intensive meditation periods known as sesshin, which are held periodically at traditional Japanese Zen monasteries. They are conducted in silence, except where talking is absolutely necessary. These retreats provide a formal, structured environment for dedicated practice. They are open to all, from beginners to long-time practitioners.
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Re: Zen Practice Centers

Postby HePo on Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:21 pm

For Japan

the official Sotushu site

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Re: Zen Practice Centers

Postby Carol on Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:12 am

Dharma Drum Retreat Center
Founded by Chan Master Sheng Yen
located in Pine Bush, NY

Our Founder

"Kindness and compassion have no enemies; wisdom engenders no vexations."

For over thirty years, Chan Master Sheng Yen (Shifu) (1930-2009) devoted himself tirelessly to reviving the tradition of rigorous education for monks and nuns, establishing monasteries and centers of learning; teaching and leading Chan retreats worldwide; interfaith outreach, world peace, youth development, and gender equality. Shifu also emphasized protecting the four environments we inhabit - the spiritual/mental, the social, the living, and the natural.

Shifu taught in a concise, direct and practical manner, with an approach to understanding that people can easily relate to and apply in their daily lives. With disciples and Dharma heirs worldwide, Shifu has planted the seeds for the continued cultivation of Chan in the world today and the future, for the benefit of all who wish to learn and practice this tradition.


Master Sheng Yen has received Dharma transmission in two major branches of Chan Buddhism, the Linji (Japanese Rinzai), and the Caodong (Japanese Soto).

In the Linji lineage, Shifu is :
1. a sixty-seventh generation descendant of the First Patriarch of Chan, Bodhidharma ( ?-ca. 530)
2.a sixty-second generation descendant of the Sixth Patriarch of Chan, Huineng (638-713)
3.a fifty-seventh generation descendant of Master Linji (?-866)
4.a third-generation descendant of Master Xuyun (1840-1959)
5.a direct descendant of Master Lingyuan (1902-1988)

In the Caodong lineage, Shifu is:
1. a sixty-second generation descendant of the First Patriarch of Chan, Bodhidharma (?-ca. 530)
2.a fifty-seventh generation descendant of the Sixth Patriarch of Chan, Huineng (638-7130)
3. a fifty-second generation descendant of co-founder Master Dongshan (807-869)
4. a direct descendant of Master Dongchu (1908-1977)

Our Abbot

Our abbot, the Venerable Guo Xing Fashi, one of Master Sheng Yen's Dharma heirs, was born in Taiwan in 1953. After studying yoga and meditation, Venerable Guo Xing began to study Chan under the guidance of Chan Master Sheng Yen in 1984, and became ordained under him two years later, in 1986. After years of service in the Dharma Drum Mountain sangha, he was sent to Thailand in 1991 to enter into solitary retreat, studying Theravadan meditation. Upon returning to DDM, he continued to assist the Master in leading meditation retreats in Taiwan, Southeast Asia, and the United States, for a period of 20 years, totaling over more than 50 retreats, including the first 49-Day retreat at the Dharma Drum Retreat Center in 2000. He previously served for eight years as the counselor for the DDM Chan Meditation Group of Nong Chan Monastery, six years as the guiding instructor for the DDM Sangha University Chan practice curriculum, as well as two years as the director of DDM's Chan Practice Center, the Director of the Chan Hall, as well as the supervisor of the Department of Transmitting the Lamp. Venerable Guo Xing is now a new resident teacher at the Dharma Drum Retreat Center. He speaks Taiwanese, Mandarin, and English

Listed below are a few websites of the Dharma Drum Mountain family. Only organizations with an English website are listed. For a more exhaustive listing of Dharma Drum Mountain's local chapters and affiliates around the world, please visit http://www.dharmadrum.org/


Chan Meditation Center - http://www.chancenter.org/
Sister organization of Dharma Drum Retreat Center, located in Elmhurst, New York. The website contains schedule of activities of the Center and a treasure trove of articles transcribed and edited from Master Sheng Yen's teachings.

Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association - http://www.ddmba.org/
Sister organization of Dharma Drum Retreat Center. Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association has 22 local chapters throughout the USA. A listing of these local chapters, including address and contact information, can be found on this website.

Riverside Chan Meditation Group - http://www.riversidechan.org/
Founded by Gilbert Gutierrez, a Dharma heir of Master Sheng Yen. The group offers weekly classes of Dharma and meditation teachings.

Tallahassee Chan Group - http://www.tallahasseechan.com/


Dharma Drum Mountain Victoria and New South Wales Centers - http://www.ddm.org.au/


Dharma Drum Mountain (Ontario) Buddhist Association (short name DDMBA Ontario) http://www.ddmba-ontario.ca/


Dharmaloka - http://www.dharmaloka.org/
A Buddhist community in Croatia founded by Žarko Andricevic, a Dharma heir of Master Sheng Yen. The Center has the mission to present the basics of mainstream Buddhism and to introduce interested persons into the specific practice of Chan.


Science Medicine Buddhism - http://www.chan.ch/chan_english_home.htm
Website of Dr. Max Kalin, a Dharma heir of Master Sheng Yen.


Chung Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies - http://www.chibs.edu.tw/e-index.htm
A Buddhist education and research institute founded by Chan Master Sheng Yen.

Dharma Drum Buddhist College - http://www.ddbc.edu.tw/eng/index.htm
Located at the Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education, Dharma Drum Buddhist College is the first ever institute of Buddhist study and practice in Taiwan to offer a Master's in Religious Studies program accredited by the Taiwanese Ministry of Education.

Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education - http://www.ddm.org.tw/
Headquarters of Master Sheng Yen's Dharma organizations. The website, available in Chinese, English, and Spanish, contains news of recent events, schedule of activities, information about local and international chapters

Sheng Yen Education Foundation - http://www.shengyen.org.tw/eng/eng.htm
The mission of the foundation is to promote educational endeavors that help people engage in spiritual practice and create a better society based on Master Sheng Yen's vision of "uplifting the character of humanity and building a pure land on earth."

United Kingdom

Western Chan Fellowship - http://www.westernchanfellowship.org/
Founded by Dr. John Crook, a Dharma heir of Master Sheng Yen. WCF runs a retreat center in Maenllwyd, Wales and has affiliates throughout the United Kingdom.
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Re: Zen Practice Centers

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Rochester Zen Center
Founded by Philip Kapleau Roshi

Current head teacher: Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede

Founded in 1966 by the late Roshi Philip Kapleau, author of The Three Pillars of Zen, the Rochester Zen Center is one of the oldest and largest organizations dedicated to the practice of Zen Buddhism in this country. In 1986 Bodhin Kjolhede was formally installed as Roshi Kapleau's Dharma-successor and Abbot of the Center. Roshi Kjolhede continues to lead the Zen Center today.

The Zen Center’s activities include introductory workshops, daily meditation sessions, a residential training program, and retreats at the Zen Center’s Chapin Mill Retreat Center near Batavia, New York. Affiliate groups and sister centers are located in Madison, Chicago, Cleveland, Mexico City, Stockholm, Berlin, Helsinki, and Auckland.

Roshi Kjolhede has devoted himself to the Rochester Zen Center full-time since 1970. Prior to coming to the Center he received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan. He was ordained as a Buddhist priest in 1976 and went on to spend several years traveling extensively with the Center's founder, Roshi Philip Kapleau, and working closely with him on three of his books.

After completing twelve years of koan training under Roshi Kapleau, Roshi Kjolhede spent a year on pilgrimage through Japan, China, India, Tibet, and Taiwan. In 1986 he was installed by Roshi Kapleau as his Dharma-successor and, the following year, Abbot of the Center. Since then he has conducted hundreds of retreats (sesshin), most of seven days, in the United States, Sweden, Germany, and Mexico. He has published numerous articles and travels widely to participate in Buddhist teachers' conferences. He now devotes most of his time to teaching at the Rochester Zen Center and conducting sesshin at Chapin Mill, its country retreat center.

In his more than 20 years of teaching, Roshi Kjolhede has sanctioned six of his students as Zen teachers; they now lead Zen centers in Mexico, Sweden, Finland, Germany, and New Zealand.

Auckland Zen Centre
Ven Amala Wrightson, Sensei
100 Pah Road, Royal Oak
Postal: P.O. Box 109 729, Newmarket, Auckland, 1149
+64 9 5200531

Berlin Zen Group
Robert Goldmann, Sensei
Kufsteinerstrasse 8
D-10825 Berlin

Casa Zen
Gerardo Gally, Sensei
c/o Editorial Pax
Av. Cuauhtemoc 1430
Col. Sta Cruz Atoyác
Mexico 03310, D.F. Mexico
52 5 669 3726
52 5 605 7600 fax

Zenbuddhistiska samfundet
Ven Kanja Odland, Sensei
Ven Sante Poromaa, Sensei
Östgötagatan 49
S-116 25 Stockholm, SWEDEN
46 8 641 63 82

Madison Zen Center

Rick Smith, leader
1820 Jefferson Street
Madison, WI 53711
(608) 255-4488

Chicago Zen Center
Yusan (Jim) Graham
Elie Nijm
2029 Ridge Ave
Evanston, IL 60201

Mountain GateHCR 65 Box 78
Ojo Sarco, NM 87521
(505) 689-2619
Toronto Zen Centre
33 High Park Gardens
Toronto, ONT M6R 1S8
(416) 766-3400

Vermont Zen Center
PO Box 880
Shelburne, VT 05482
(802) 985-9746

Windhorse Zen Community
580 Panther Branch Road
Alexander, NC 28701
(828) 645-8001

Zen Center of Denver
3101 West 31st. Avenue
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 455-1500

Cleveland Zen Group
Susan Rakow
1824 Wilton Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Köln Zen Groupc/o Auhagen
Heidelweg 12
D-50999 Köln
Daytime: 0221-257-6634
Evening: 0223- 631299
Fax: 0221-2570727

Louisville Zen Group
Clifton Center –
Orbis Yoga Studio 2117 Payne Street, Suite 301 Louisville, Kentucky 40206 (502) 276-5738
http://www.louisvillezen.org e-mail:

Mid-Jersey Zen Group
Rekha Garg 609-912-9392
Steve Krimstock 609-883-6025
Serita Scott 609-895-0112
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Re: Zen Practice Centers

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Zen Mountain Monastery
The Main House of the Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism

Founded by John Daido Loori Roshi (1931-2009) a dharma heir of Maezumi Roshi
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei
Shugen Sensei received dharma transmission from Daido Roshi in 1997. He is the head of the MRO and abbot of the Zen Center of New York City. Shugen Sensei also manages the National Buddhist Prison Sangha. He has been in full-time residential training since 1986. His teachings have appeared in various Buddhist journals and in The Best Buddhist Writing 2009.

Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei
Ryushin Sensei received dharma transmission from Daido Roshi in 2009. He is the abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. He began studying with Daido Roshi in 1987 and entered residency in 1992. Before becoming a resident, he worked as a pediatrician and a psychiatrist.

Zen Center of New York City
Welcome to Zen Center of New York City

The Zen Center of New York City, Fire Lotus Temple, is the New York City branch of Zen Mountain Monastery, the main house of the Mountains and Rivers Order. Supporting home practitioners in the metropolitan area, ZCNYC offers varied practice opportunities within the Eight Gates training matrix.

The training at the Temple is supervised by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei, with assistance from senior monastics of the Order.

Featuring an ongoing, daily schedule of zazen, Saturday retreats in the Eight Gates of Zen, and an extended Sunday program, the Temple helps to strengthen everyday Zen practice.

Designed as a lay center, the Temple is especially suited for those who are developing a meditation practice and studying Buddhism within the context of their lives at home, in the workplace, and within the bustle of city life.

The Zen Center offers a refuge of quiet and stability within which to find one’s still point, so that one may more fully and freely offer oneself to the world. Many practitioners in the New York City area find deep nourishment for their spiritual journey by attending retreats at the Monastery and participating in activities at the Temple.

Newcomers are invited to attend the beginning instruction in zazen that follows the Sunday morning service each week.

Location: Centrally located in Brooklyn, NY, at 500 State Street, in the vicinity of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Temple is easily accessible. It is within three blocks of all major subway routes and there is ample parking nearby.

The temple is open to anyone genuinely interested in exploring and practicing Zen Buddhism — those new to Zen or meditation practice, as well as more experienced practitioners.

Training in the Mountains and Rivers Order is open to everyone. It ranges from participation in a weekend retreat at the Monastery or one of the affiliates to becoming a formal student. It includes both lay and monastic paths.

The vitality of Zen training relies on the integration of spiritual practice with daily life. Within the Order, students, residents and retreat participants engage the Eight Gates of Zen, a training matrix that reaches back to the Buddha's teachings on the Eightfold Path. Through zazen, study with a teacher, academic study, liturgy, right action, art practice, body practice, and work practice, each practitioner can discover in the world and at the Monastery opportunities to realize and actualize the perennial wisdom of Zen in their lives.

Each year is organized into quarterly training periods, which include Spring and Fall 90-day intensives (Ango). Each month, an introductory Zen Training Weekend is held at the Monastery, offering a wonderful way to find out about Zen and experience training first hand. Also, every month of the year offers a weeklong meditation intensive (sesshin) at the Monastery. There are also monthly day-long zazen intensives at the Zen Center of New York City and affiliated groups.

For those wishing to deepen their commitment to practice, the Order provides specific paths of training: becoming a formal lay student, receiving the Zen Buddhist Precepts, or making a life-long commitment to a monastic life.
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Re: Zen Practice Centers

Postby Carol on Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:08 am

Hermitage Heart: Home of the 108 Bowl Water Mala
Founded by Bonnie Myotai Treace, Sensei


Sensei founded Hermitage Heart and the Bodies of Water Society. Her teaching home is Gristmill Hermitage in Garrison, New York.

Sensei was for almost two decades Vice-Abbess of Zen Mountain Monastery, one of the largest Zen monasteries the West. She also established the Zen Center of New York City, and served as its first Abbess. Over the years she has led over 500 retreats, conferences, and workshops and is particularly known for her work in women's spirituality, poetry (Snapshot Poetics, with Allen Ginsberg; Writer's Island), and koan study . Sensei's teaching now focuses on water and personal (hermitage -style) meditation practices that foster resilience and clarity. She has advanced degrees in literature and hydromechanics, and holds current EPA Watershed Management certification. For her most recent published work , see: Water and Its Spiritual Significance (Fons Vitae Press). Her global initiative The Water Mala now supports people on five continents in individual spiritual life and community action.


Hermitage Heart was founded by Bonnie Myotai Treace, Sensei in 2004. The emphasis of Hermitage Heart since its beginning has been to support those seeking to develop spiritual lives with a vibrant depth of solitude as well as a sense of the dynamics enriched by times in community. Those associated with Hermitage Heart tend to have an appreciation of art and language as paths of service, as well as an authentic commitment to genuine awakening, The background tone of the training and teaching of Hermitage Heart is primarily Zen Buddhist, and Myotai Sensei has a clear appreciation to her several decades in the Mountains and Rivers Order, and her time as Abbess of the Zen Center of New York City. The retreat house of Hermitage Heart is Gristmill Hermitage in Garrison, New York, where Sensei offers spiritual direction, meets with Zen students, leads meditation and other retreats, as well as working with artists, environmentalists, and others in the projects of the Bodies of Water School (BOWS).

The current social action project of BOWS is the Water Mala, which helps create and support awareness of the global water crisis.
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Re: Zen Practice Centers

Postby Carol on Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:48 am

Prairie Wind Zen
Founded by Rev. Nonin Chowaney

The Order of the Prairie Wind (OPW) is an independent order of ordained Soto Zen Buddhist priests founded by Rev. Nonin Chowaney. We are a teaching order, whose chief purpose is to serve the community by transmitting the dharma. We emphasize the continuous daily practice of zazen, devotion, and ritual, for we recognize that through these practices we manifest the identity of practice and realization and internalize the teachings of the sutras. We hold the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts as guides for our actions, and we believe in the importance of studying Buddhist texts. We respect and uphold Soto Zen Buddhist tradition and pass it on through dharma transmission.

Rev. Nonin Chowaney, OPW, an American Zen Master, is a Buddhist priest trained in the Soto tradition of Zen Master Dogen. Nonin was ordained by Rev. Dainin Katagiri in Minnesota in 1984 and has studied at Tassajara Zen Monastery in California and in Japan at Zuio-ji and Shogo-ji Monasteries. He received formal Dharma Transmission from Rev. Katagiri and has been certified to teach by him and by the Soto Zen Church in Japan.

Nonin is Abbot of Nebraska Zen Center/Heartland Temple and the Head of the Order of the Prairie Wind. He is a regular speaker at many schools, colleges, and universities, and leads workshops and retreats throughout the United States. Nonin also chairs the Membership Committee of the American Zen Teachers Association and serves on the Priest Training Committee of the Soto Zen Teachers Association.

Nonin is also an accomplished brush calligrapher. He learned the art while training in Japan and has been practicing it for many years. His work hangs in homes and Zen Temples throughout the world.

Nebraska Zen Center, Omaha Nebraska
Welcome to Nebraska Zen Center - Heartland Temple
Nebraska Zen Center is a Soto Zen Buddhist Temple established for Zen practice. The center follows the tradition established in Japan by Zen Master Eihei Dogen in the 13th century and transmitted to America in this century by two Masters: Rev. Shunryu Suzuki, founder of San Francisco Zen Center and author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind and Rev. Dainin Katagiri, who assisted Rev. Suzuki in San Francisco and later founded Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis. Rev. Katagiri was instrumental in establishing Nebraska Zen Center in 1975.

Zen Center of Pittsburgh - Deep Spring Temple, Pittsburgh, PA
About Zen Center
Zen Center of Pittsburgh is a Soto Zen Buddhist Temple founded in 1999. Zen Center serves the community by offering services, daily meditation and individualized Zen training with our Head Priest, Rev. Kyoki Roberts. Children are welcome. Deep Spring Temple is located just thirty minutes north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on fourteen isolated acres with stunning views of the Western Pennsylvania forests. We offer monthly retreats and for those who would like to investigate ordination, we offer residency training. We also run a mediation and facilitation service for spiritual communities and other nonprofits. Rev. Roberts is assisted by Senior Priest Rev. Jisen Coghlan.

Tending the Ox Zendo
A group affiliated with NZC meets in Lincoln weekly on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm north of Lincoln at Branched Oak Farm, 17015 NW 70th, Raymond, NE 68428. For further information, either e-mail or call Kanho Doug Dittman at dougd@windstream.net (402) 783-2124 . Zazen Instruction is available for newcomers if arranged in advance.

White Lotus Sangha
The White Lotus Sangha, a group affiliated with the Order of the Prairie Wind, meets in three Nebraska prisons: Nebraska State Penitentiary and Lincoln Correctional Center, both in Lincoln, and Tecumseh State Correctional Institute in Tecumseh. For further information, call (402) 551-9035 , e-mail heartland@prairiewindzen.org, or write Nebraska Zen Center, 3625 Lafayette Ave., Omaha, NE, 68131-1363.
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