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.




Shuso Hossen, Precept Transmission and Tokudo Gallery, Shosan, Tea Ceremony, Gay Men’s Meditation Group, Meditation Classes

Summer Ango continues through July 25, culminating with the Shuso Hossen sesshin July 19-25; Shosan – Public Dokusan – Thursday, July 23, 7 pm; Tea Ceremony – Friday, July 24, 7:30 pm; Shuso Hossen – Saturday, July 25, 11 am; view a gallery of our recent Precept Transmission and Tokudo ceremonies; the Gay Men’s Meditation Group meets most Sunday mornings from 10 am to 12 noon; sign up for a Saturday morning meditation class; to register for programs or for more information about other events, contact us.


Shuso Statement 2015

Donin Shuso

“How foolish to measure time by the rate or the date of gravity.
In no time at all, it’s always that time again.”
–Karen Maezen Miller, Hand Wash Cold

As robes rustle, catch, flow…then catch and flow again, Sangha is the cool water of relief for this thirsty traveler.

Near or far, if it were not for you I wouldn’t be here.

Please know that I soak up every drop of your support and encouragement.

With all sincerity and in deep Gassho,



Maka Hannya

To mark the start of our summer Ango, we have placed a cherished gift at the head of the stairway in our Sangha house: a calligraphic rendering of the Maka Hannya. This treasure was created and sent to us by Yamamoto Roshi, Dharma brother to Maezumi Roshi and successor of Koryu Roshi as Abbot of Hannya Dojo in Japan.

We are honored to represent Maezumi Roshi’s lineage both in our practice and by showcasing this generous artistic endowment from Yamamoto Roshi. In deep gassho.



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

15649803598_ee96f293de_hFreedom of Egolessness

“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.”



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

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.