Hazy Moon Zen Center


Los Angeles

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.

This Month

Obon, October Weekend Sesshin, Fusatsu, Rohatsu Sesshin, Year-End Sesshin, Gay Men's Meditation Group, Meditation Classes

Honor departed loved ones with the Obon ceremony on Saturday, October 22, 11 am to 12 pm; join us for the October Weekend Sesshin, October 13 – 16; practice atonement with Fusatsu, October 20 at 7:30 pm; plan ahead for the Rohatsu Sesshin, November 25 – December 3 and the Year-End Sesshin, December 26 – 31; the Gay Men’s Meditation Group meets most Sundays, 9 am – 12 pm, please check our schedule; 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.


Every Day is a Good Day

By Nyogen Roshi Ummon addressed the assembly and said, “I am not asking you about the days before the 15th of the month, but what about after the 15th? Come, and give me a word about those days.” And he himself gave the answer for them. “Every day is a good day.” — Case 6,…


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.

You Can Handle This

By Nyogen Roshi This practice isn’t worth much in good times. Anybody can handle good times. But can you handle a flat? On the freeway? In the pouring rain? When you’re a half-hour late to an important meeting? How do you handle that? For me, at least, I’m really grateful. I’m grateful for everything that…

quantum zen

Beliefs and Brains

Book reviews by Michael Isshin Spiller My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey (Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.) Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife (Eben Alexander, M.D.) Those of us who spend a lot of time at the Hazy Moon regularly hear Nyogen Roshi ask “Do you really believe …?” followed…

Circle and Wave

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).