The Hazy Moon Zen Center, a training center in Southern California, is directly descended from the late Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi, upholding the authentic lineage of living Zen Buddhism through committed personal practice and the opportunity to work with a genuine teacher. We offer daily zazen, weekly Dharma talks by our teacher, Nyogen Roshi, intensive retreats and regular classes to help you begin or refine your Zen practice.



Pet Blessing Ceremony, Hanamatsuri Ceremony, Fusatsu, Spring Weekend Sesshin, Gay Men’s Meditation Group Zazenkai, Meditation Classes

Join us for our annual Pet Blessing Ceremony, Saturday, April 23, 12 noon; commemorate Buddha’s birthday with the Hanamatsuri Ceremony, Saturday, April 9, 11 am; practice atonement with Fusatsu on April 7 and 21 at 7:30 pm; the Gay Men’s Meditation Group will hold a one day Zazenkai, Sunday, April 17, 9 am – 5 pm; reserve your spot for the Spring Weekend Sesshin, Apr 28 to May 1; sign up for a Saturday morning meditation class; subscribe to our monthly newsletter; to register for programs or for more information about other events, contact us.



Listen to Hazy Moon Student Talks and hear the refreshing clarity, confidence and transformativeness of a living Zen practice:

Inspiring TransformationDoman75w (41:20)

In this Dharma talk, which he gave shortly after he returned from a hiking adventure to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, Kelly Doman Stevens, sensei, recounts the rewards and challenges of his transforming experience. “It was vast, desolate and awe-inspiring,” he says of the landscape around Mount Everest. “But I wouldn’t call it pretty exactly.” Ultimately he sees his practice as the key factor that enabled him to make a journey that would have been almost impossible for his younger self.


Interview with Tom CampbellTom-Campbell-75

Tom Campbell, a professional physicist, has been at the forefront of a movement to shift the study of consciousness from the periphery to the center of modern scientific inquiry. Interview by Nick Shindo Street.



Visit our Articles page to learn about the lives of students at the Hazy Moon. Some of the topics you’ll find:

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“This may be your only opportunity to have the greatest experience that a sentient being can have,” Nyogen Roshi tells us in this talk from the early days of the Hazy Moon. “You have to have faith in yourself so that you will persevere. So that you will do that which is difficult. We know those who have penetrated deep into this samadhi. Not once have they come back and mentioned to us that it’s not worth the effort.” Read on, and be inspired to make the ultimate effort in your own practice this training season.


Radiant Illuminationmaezumi-portrait75B (5:45)

“Our lives as we are–that’s the radiant illumination of time.” This (audio) excerpt from Maezumi Roshi’s teisho on Uji captures both his reading of Dogen Zenji and his essential message to Zen students. “Standing, sitting, moving around, lying down … the way that the self arrays itself is the form of the entire world. Everything in the whole world is nothing but my nature.”


Recommended Reading

There are many helpful books on Buddhism and Zen, so we asked Nyogen Roshi to suggest a few titles from his own shelves. This month we focus on:

Buddha-75BBuddha: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra –
Compelling and creative, Chopra re-tells the story that some see only as distant fable, myth or metaphor. You will come to see Buddha, and yourself, as the protagonist in an urgent human drama.