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.
Fall Weekend Sesshin, Beginner’s Mind Retreat, Precept Transmission and Tokudo Gallery, Gay Men’s Meditation Group, Meditation Classes
“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.
“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.”
A collection of Hazy Moon students’ reflections on the importance of particular figures in our lineage for their practice.
VOICES OF ZEN (VIDEO)
Watch Hazy Moon Student Talks and see the refreshing clarity, 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.”
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:
The Three Pillars of Zen – A modern classic in Zen literature, this book consists of instructional talks to beginning Western students given by Yasutani Roshi, our Dharma great-grandfather. His simple and practical guidance on Zen and zazen remain the basis of our own Zen meditation classes.
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.
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.