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.




Tokudo Gallery, Fusatsu, Summer Ango, Shuso Hossen Sesshin, Meditation Classes

View a gallery of our recent Tokudo ceremony; practice atonement with Fusatsu on Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 pm; Summer Ango begins May 18 and culminates with the Shuso Hossen Sesshin, July 19 to July 25; 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:

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“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.”

Interview with Shelley Mushoku CaoMushoku portrait 75

Nearly everyone has an unlikely story of how they came to Zen, but at the Hazy Moon, no one’s story covers more miles than Shelley Mushoku Cao’s. We interviewed Mushoku about how she arrived at a successful professional life and a committed personal practice.

Gatha-wb-75The Top 10 Reasons I Appreciate the Zen Buddhist Training Program

Highlights from a student talk by Hazy Moon sangha member, Michael Isshin Spiller.


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.



Voices of Zen (Video)

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

Dying Without Fear (2:21)

In this student talk, Donin, a Buddhist Chaplain in training, relates her experience sitting vigil with a dying woman.



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.



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:

Cultivating-75Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi – Like pearls on a string, this short collection of elegant and poetic writings showcase the crystalline precision of Hongzhi’s enlightened words. Utterly fresh and perfect.



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