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.



Winter Weekend Sesshin, Paranirvana Day, Fusatsu, Gay Men’s Meditation Group, Meditation Classes

Join us for the Winter Weekend Sesshin, February 25 – 28; observe Paranirvana Day on Saturday, February 13 at 9 am; the Gay Men’s Meditation Group will hold a one day Zazenkai on February 21; practice atonement with Fusatsu on February 25 at 7:30 pm; begin again with the Beginner’s Mind Meditation Retreat on Sunday, March 20, 9am – 3pm; 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:

FullSizeRenderLearning to Ride the Ox—Or the Horse!

In a recent Dharma talk, Gillian Kosen Marcus relates her experience of searching for a new horse to some of the teaching stories in the Ten Ox-herding Pictures. She learns to trust her teachers, abandon her expectations and relax into her practice–whether she’s in the saddle or on the cushion.

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.


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

Circle and Wave4

In this essay on the relationship between mathematics and Zen, Ralph Shikan Levinson draws on some of the fundamentals of geometry, particularly the quality of symmetry, as a way to interpret the identity of relative and absolute. He then applies some of his ideas to an appreciation of Zen poetry and art, particularly the work of Sengai Gibon (1750-1838). “Scientists are blown away by the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in predicting scientific discoveries,” Shikan writes. “I see a lot of interesting overlap between what blew the minds of the ancients, both East and West.”

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.

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:

The Three Pillars of ZenA 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.




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

Being Present (3:53)
In this dharma talk, Rev. J.J. Kyoji Anderson speaks about caring for her elderly mother and how being present opens up a world of joy and possibility.