Hazy Moon Zen Center


Los Angeles


Jukai for Steve “Jippo” O’Donnell

Welcome to our newest Dharma brother, Steve “Jippo” O’Donnell, who recently took jukai (receiving the lay precepts and a Dharma name) at the Hazy Moon. The implication of the name “Jippo”–the entirety of the 10,000 things and Ten Directions of Buddhism, complete as it is. Congratulations Jippo!

Possibilities. Possibilities. Possibilities.

By Mary Jotai Rosendale

A friend asked me to go to New Orleans a couple of months ago. I said no. She was going there for a convention, and we could split the convention hotel rate the week before. I checked the hotels in the area. It was a great rate. I said no. I had always wanted to visit New Orleans. I said no. I checked into the airfare: $220.00 roundtrip non-stop. I said no…

Aidan and the Dragon Girl Save the World

Hazy Moon member Ralph Shikan Levinson recently published his first novel, a Chan-themed adventure story for children. In “Aidan and the Dragon Girl Save the World,” 11-year-old Aidan Alvarado receives the key to his grandfather’s wondrous study and a student membership in the League of Dream Detectives. On his first adventure, Aidan discovers a magical…

Hazy Moon, Clear Skies

By Patrice Taishō Bucher

While driving home I encounter a bad thunderstorm. We have these storms almost every day during the summer here in south Louisiana. The sky opens up and the downpour ensues. Driving can be quite a challenge, as everyone seems to react to the conditions differently. Some people drive too slow, others too fast…

This Very Point

By Nyogen Roshi

Those of us who practice are actually lucky when we encounter difficult times. People who don’t experience difficulty live in a neutral world. They know negative things occur but they’re pretty sure the bad stuff is going to be taken care of and the good guys will win and everyone is going to live happily ever after.

Maezumi’s Three Teachings

By Karen Maezen Miller

Luckily for me, my teacher Nyogen Roshi keeps repeating the same thing over and over again. (I’m beginning to realize that’s what teachers do.) In nearly every one of his weekly dharma talks he ends up reciting a set of instructions given to him by his teacher Maezumi Roshi in the early days of his training.

New Years Eve Service – Slideshow

At our ceremony to usher in 2017, Karen Maezen Miller Sensei revolved the sutras while GE Sotetsugen Stinson rocked the zendo on the drum. The next morning we visited Evergreen Cemetery, in a tradition begun by Maezumi Roshi, to honor the Japanese Americans who brought Buddhism to the US. Our annual New Year’s Day pilgrimage…

One Mind

By Nyogen Roshi

You can certainly feel what is happening here with the strength of the samadhi. And yet what you are experiencing is just scratching the surface. This is the most amazing Dharma. Don’t sell it out in a simple or superficial way. It is extremely profound.

Shuso Hossen 2016

Slideshow: Ari Sanmai Robles defends her case as Shuso for Summer Ango 2016

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?