Rinzai-ji Zen Center is an urban meditation center that offers daily Zen practice and the opportunity for residential Zen practice and residents participating in the daily activities. Rinzai-ji is founded by Kyōzan Jōshu Sasaki Roshi in 1968. It is also an international branch (Betsuin) of Myoshin-ji, Kyoto in Japan. The traditional Buddhist ceremonies as well as Sesshin (intensive retreats) are conducted at Rinzai-ji throughout the year. The mission of Rinzai-ji is to serve the local and regional community as a place for Zen practice & studies, a place for reflection and insight.
The spacious Zendo invites everyone from students, workers, householders to ordained zen practitioners to participate in the formal Zan practice including chanting service, silent work and sitting & walking Zazen (meditation) practice together.
There are many ways in which one can engage at Rinzai-ji and everyone is welcome to join our community starting with a Newcomers Class as a gateway.
Acting Abbot (Kenmu Jūshoku)
Noritake Shūnan Roshi
Board of Directors
Paul Humphreys, President
Members: Elisa Atwill, Ginsei Calloway, Gento Steve Kriege
Contact Board of Directors: Click here.
Gento Steve Krieger, Administrative abbot
Myoren Kumiko Yasukawa, Administrative vice-abbot
Rinzai-ji is located at 2505 Cimarron Street in Los Angeles, California.
From I-10 heading East:
Take the Arlington Avenue exit and turn right on Arlington. Turn left on 25th street then right on Cimarron Street. Now you are driving beside the white wall around Rinzai-ji. Follow the wall right into the first alley, the gate to the Zen Center is immediately on your right.
From I-10 heading West:
Take the Arlington Avenue exit and turn left on Arlington. Cross the freeway and stay straight. Turn left on 25th street then right on Cimarron Street. Now you are driving beside the white wall around Rinzai-ji. Follow the wall right into the first alley, the gate to the Zen Center is immediately on your right.
Please fly into LAX airport. Email or phone your flight information and we will pick you up at LAX. We appreciate a donation to assist with the cost of this service.