Rinzai-ji Zen Center is an urban meditation center located in Adams district in Los Angeles, California. Rinzai-ji offers a daily Zen practice as well as an opportunity for residential practice that allows its residents to practice in the daily schedule. It is also an international branch of the Myōshin-ji sect of Rinzai Zen Buddhism. Rinzai-ji was founded in 1968 by Denkyo-shitsu Kyōzan Jōshu Sasaki Rōshi, a missionary monk brought from Myōshin-ji, Kyōto in Japan. Rinzai-ji offers a daily Zazen program, Zazenkai (1-3 day retreat) and Sesshin (5-7 day intensive retreats) that are open to both new and experienced practitioners throughout the year. The mission of Rinzai-ji is to provide an environment for practice in which practitioners see deeply into the nature of self and all phenomenon.  Central to this practice is sitting meditation (Zazen).  The spacious Zendo (meditation hall) invites everyone from students, workers, householders to ordained zen practitioners to participate in the formal Zan practice including chanting service, silent work (Samu) and sitting & walking Zazen (meditation) practice together.

There are many ways in which one can engage at Rinzai-ji and everyon is welcome to join our community starting with a Newcomers Class as a gateway.

Spiritual Principle of Rinzai-ji

Board of Directors

Elisa Atwill, Chair
Members: Paul Humphreys, Jack Drake, Myoren Yasukawa

Contact Board of Directors: Click here.

Temple Director

Myoren Yasukawa, Shika

Driving here

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.

Flying here

Please fly to LAX airport. Email or phone your flight information and we will arrange for a pick you up at LAX. We appreciate a donation to assist with the cost of this service.

  • Zendo & Samu Schedule

    Daily Zazen

  • Practice Membership

    Rinzai-ji Zen Center

    Join our practice membership! It includes Daily Zazen, Sunday Program and other discounts. $40/month and $60 for a couple.
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  • Sunday Program

    Every Sunday | 10am

    Join us for our Sunday Program. Dharma Talk/Recorded Teisho at 11:30am followed by silent work period/Lunch. $10 Program Fee
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