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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Jukai Gallery, Fusatsu, Spring Weekend Sesshin, Beginner’s Mind One Day Retreat, Gay Men’s Residential Sesshin, Meditation Classes

View a gallery of our recent Jukai ceremony; practice atonement with Fusatsu on Thursday, March 12; join us for the Spring Weekend Sesshin, March 5 to 8; reserve your place for the Beginner’s Mind One-day Retreat, March 22; the Gay Men’s Residential Sesshin runs April 3 to 5; 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.



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

Forgetting the Self, Catching the OxOxherding-300 (6:39)

In this brief audio excerpt from his series of talks on the Ten Oxherding Pictures, Maezumi Roshi summarizes the importance of the pictures as a representation of Zen practice as the ongoing process of forgetting the self. “Finding, seeing, catching the ox–without forgetting the self you can’t catch it,” Maezumi Roshi says. “There are all different kinds, shades of forgetting the self. It’s hard because of our self-deceiving mind. Because of this self-deceiving mind, we can’t quite see this awakened mind, see?”

The Art of ZazenRoshi Incense 75

In this timeless teisho on the fundamentals of Zen practice, Nyogen Roshi interweaves accounts of his own experience and Dogen Zenji’s classical instructions to create a simple but astonishingly vivid portrait of what it means to do zazen.

Living LineageZen map full 75

A collection of Hazy Moon students’ reflections on the importance of particular figures in our lineage for their practice.


Coming to SesshinOryoki-Bowls-75

A quick, illustrated guide to attending your first sesshin.




Voices of Zen (Video)

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

Taming the Mind, Dying Well

Hazy Moon priest Russell Ryozen Martin talks about what being a Zen priest means–or doesn’t mean–for him. His words ultimately lead to the conclusion that his role or purpose is simply to do zazen, the only way he knows to tame his mind and prepare to die well.



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

Is There Any Reason For a Zen Practitioner to Read About Science?

“When scientists teach us that everything is interdependent, entangled, and that seeing an object as permanent and solid is an illusion–is that very different from the Diamond Sutra, which exhorts us not to be trapped by the illusion of finite personhood, a soul?” By Ralph Shikan Levinson.

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.


A Conversation with Dr. Robert LanzaLanza-CU-75

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


Where Am I? What Time Is It?BiocentrisimPB75

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.