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.



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Fall Weekend Sesshin, Fusatsu, Gay Men’s Meditation Group Zazenkai, Beginner’s Mind One Day Retreat, Meditation Classes

Join us for the Fall Weekend Sesshin, Sept 18 to 21; practice atonement with Fusatsu on September 11 at 7:30 pm; the Gay Men’s Meditation Group will hold a one day Zazenkai on Sunday, September 14; plan ahead for the Beginner’s Mind One Day Retreat on Sunday, November 9; 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.



Esme Kathleen Dieter

The Hazy Moon is thrilled and delighted to welcome the newest member of our sangha: Esme Kathleen Dieter, who arrived on August 19 at 7lbs 12oz. Welcome Esme (and congratulations to Meghan Kogen Crowe and Derek Hogen Dieter)!



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


Maezumi on Uji: Part Three (7:32)

“Please don’t lose that very essential part of it,” Maezumi Roshi implores us in this latest excerpt from his series of talks on Uji. “That is, how this very life of each of us is no other than the Genjokoan. Uji itself, see?”


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Who says long-distance relationships can’t work? Ben Hutchison, a young husband and father in Cincinnati who learned about the Hazy Moon through Karen Maezen Miller, participated in part of our summer training period and cemented his connection to our Los Angeles sangha.

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A collection of Hazy Moon students’ reflections on the importance of particular figures in our lineage for their practice.  New this month: Don’t Worry, by Roos Ben Ming Stamet-Geurs


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A review of Karen Maezen Miller’s Paradise in Plain Sight.

By Michael Isshin Spiller.





Articles and interviews on the intersection of modern science and Buddhadharma.

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If you’ve heard Nyogen Roshi’s dharma talks you’ve probably heard praise for the book Biocentrism by the noted stem cell researcher Dr. Robert Lanza. Michael Isshin Spiller shares his own appreciation for the book in this compelling review.


A Conversation with Dr. Robert LanzaLanza-CU-75

Audio excerpts from Dr. Robert Lanza’s talk at the Hazy Moon Zen Center.



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.



Voices of Zen (Video)

Watch Hazy Moon Student Talks and see the confidence and transformativeness of a living Zen practice:

Impossible to Deny (4:50)
Jotai, student at the Hazy Moon, considers the meaning of zen practice. “For me it’s life with practice, as opposed to life without practice.”