Hazy Moon Zen Center

KOUN-JI TEMPLE

Los Angeles

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 ends at the grave of Nyogen Senzaki, a monk who was confined in an internment camp along with thousands of other Japanese Americans during World War II. After the war, Senzaki revitalized his “Floating Zendo” in California and taught Zen to a new generation of American Buddhist converts.