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.




Jukai Gallery, Gay Men’s Meditation Group Zazenkai, Beginner’s Mind Retreat, Fusatsu, Obon, Meditation Classes

View a gallery of our recent Jukai ceremony; the Gay Men’s Meditation Group will host a Zazenkai on Sunday, October 11, 9 am – 5 pm; begin again with the Beginner’s Mind Retreat, Sunday, October 18; practice atonement with Fusatsu on Thursday, October 22 at 7:30 pm; join us for Obon on Saturday, October 24, 11 am – 12 pm; sign up for a Saturday morning meditation class; to register for programs or for more information about other events, contact us.



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

The Cloud (3:17)

In this talk given at the Hazy Moon Zen Center of Los Angeles, Hosso Sensei of the Black Scorpion Zen Center of Mexico, relates her fear of public speaking and her experience preparing to give this talk. She shares how her practice allows her to see things as they are.



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

Remembering: Obon at the Hazy MoonRemembering 75B

Obon is a traditional Japanese Buddhist observance which allows families to honor and feel closer to their loved ones who have died. It’s a time for sharing memories, prayers, rituals of food and drink, nourishment and generosity. Photo/essay by John Mujo Fritzlen.


Maezumi on Uji: Part OneDOGEN 75 (29:37) In this first installment in a series of talks on Uji–“being time”–Maezumi Roshi relates Uji to Dogen Zenji’s intention in the Genjokoan and the whole of the Shobogenzo. “This Uji is not a small portion of something else, but something equal to all these other titles. We are concerned here today with Uji as the Shobogenzo, as the Genjokoan.” 
wally walking on beach in shadow 75x100Present Moment, Wonderful Moment Sangha member Mary Jotai Rosendale shares the painful but poignant experience of caring for her aging dog, Wally, as his life winds to a close. Jotai writes, “My teacher has admonished me that I tend to want to game the system–I’m looking for an angle. Sitting alone with my boy at night, wanting to do the best for him, I come up against a brick wall. There is no angle.There is only me being with him this moment and the next and, I hope, the moment after that.”


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: 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.




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

Proof-of-Heaven-75Beliefs and Brains

Michael Isshin Spiller finds inspiration in two compelling books, “My Stroke of Insight” by Jill Bolte Taylor and “Proof of Heaven” by Eben Alexander.


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.


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Paradigm Shifter: An Interview with Robert Lanza

Hazy Moon sangha member and journalist Nick Shindo Street interviews the author of Biocentrism, a book that Nyogen Roshi describes as mirroring his experiences in the practice of zazen as closely as anything he has encountered in a modern writer.