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.




Obon, Fusatsu, Beginner’s Mind One Day Retreat, Rohatsu Sesshin, Gay Men’s Meditation Group, Meditation Classes

Join us for Obon on Saturday, October 18, 11 am; practice atonement with Fusatsu on October 9 at 7:30 pm; reserve your spot for the Beginner’s Mind One Day Retreat on Sunday, November 9; plan ahead for the Rohatsu Sesshin, November 28 to December 6; the Gay Men’s Meditation Group will hold a weekend sesshin, October 30 to Nov 2; 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:

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. Ultimately, Roshi tells us, the Zen student’s sole imperative is: “Just go to your practice. And I promise you, the moment you really do that, you will turn every sitting period into a good sitting, and I don’t care what the conditions are. It’s literally true.”

Remembering 75BRemembering: Obon at the Hazy Moon

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. Photo/essay by John Mujo Fritzlen.



Maezumi on Uji: Part Three (7:32)

“Please don’t lose that very essential part of it,” Maezumi Roshi implores us in this latest excerpt from his series of talks on Uji. “That is, how this very life of each of us is no other than the Genjokoan. Uji itself, see?”


Taking the First StepBenBen Hutchison 75

Who says long-distance relationships can’t work? Ben Hutchison, a young husband and father in Cincinnati who learned about the Hazy Moon through Karen Maezen Miller, participated in part of our summer training period and cemented his connection to our Los Angeles sangha.

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A collection of Hazy Moon students’ reflections on the importance of particular figures in our lineage for their practice.  New this month: Don’t Worry, by Roos Ben Ming Stamet-Geurs


PParadisePlain_cvr3.inddaradise Lost and Found

A review of Karen Maezen Miller’s Paradise in Plain Sight.

By Michael Isshin Spiller.





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

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A debate between two titans of theoretical physics over the nature of black holes can provide inspiration for a Zen student in unexpected ways, writes Ralph Shikan Levinson. In one physicist’s willingness to adapt his theories to new scientific insights, Shikan sees the wisdom of Maezumi Roshi’s admonition against self-deception. And in another’s epigrammatic query about the wonder and mystery behind all of his equations, Shikan sees a finger pointing to a classic teaching about the nature of Mind.

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.


Paradigm Shifter: An Interview with Robert LanzaLanza portrait color

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.



Voices of Zen (Video)

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

One Moment to be Kind (3:32)

In this video, Luis Chudo Escobar recounts his efforts to overcome his aversion to dogs after his wife adopted a dog named Nori.