• 03JUN

    Statement from the Boards of Rinzai-ji and Mount Baldy Zen Centers 

    Much has been said about the actions of Joshu Roshi. For decades, many Zen practitioners have expressed appreciation for the Roshi’s profound teachings. The boards and many practitioners of Rinzai-ji and Mount Baldy also have acknowledged and expressed regret for the hurt reported by a number of practitioners. The Rinzai-ji and Mount Baldy Zen Centers’ Boards of
  • 28AUG
    October Event: Heart Sutra Workshop

    October Event: Heart Sutra Workshop

    Saturday, October 10 & Sunday, October 11, 2015 The Heart Sūtra is the best known and most essential of the Prajñāpāramitā  (Perfection of Wisdom) sūtras, works that were created in India over several centuries starting in the first century B.C.E . The foundational texts of the Mahayana Buddhist movement, these sūtras contain the core teaching of the emptiness of all aspects
  • 28AUG
    Upcoming Event: Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 | Nonviolent Communication Workshop

    Upcoming Event: Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 | Nonviolent Communication Workshop

    Rinzai-ji Zen Center warmly invites you to join us for the following upcoming event, Nonviolent Communication Workshop with Bill Stierle next Thursday | 5-7pm. Please see the info below for details. E-mail or call us to register and also let us know if you’re planning to stay at the zen center. We deeply appreciate your generous donation on
  • 26AUG

    List of themes/ideas from July Sangha Listening Circle

    Here is a link to the list of themes/ideas that came out of the listening circle held on July 18th, 2015. For those who haven’t participated, if you are interested in these themes, please select three that are important to you in the link below. If you have other theme you would like to contribute,
  • 28JUL
    First Year Memorial Service

    First Year Memorial Service

    FIRST YEAR MEMORIAL SERVICE   On July 26 Rinzai-ji held a First Year Memorial Service (Isshūki) for Kyōzan Jōshu Rōshi attended by 70 people. Noritake Rōshi led the service as Dōshi. A memorial poem sent by Jakusho Kwong Rōshi from Sonoma Mountain Zen Center was read. The service was followed by a touching short film
  • 25JUL
    Ho-on Sesshin

    Ho-on Sesshin

    HO-ON SESSHIN   On July 20-25, 35 participants attended the Memorial Sesshin at the Mount Baldy Zen Center. We were truly fortunate to have guest Rōshis & Oshōs join us from Japan for these five days in honor of Kyozan Joshu Rōshi. The retreat was led by Noritake Shunan Rōshi of Reiun-in in Kyoto and
  • 19JUL
    Memorial Service for Oscar Moreno

    Memorial Service for Oscar Moreno

    Oscar Moreno passed away on July 14, 2015. Oscar was a one of the most devoted Zen practioners imaginable, attending nearly all of the Sesshins at the Mt. Baldy Zen Center for the last few decades. Oscar always brought us warmth and laughter. Words cannot express how deeply he will be missed.   Rinzai-ji hosted
  • 16APR

    Announcement — RJZC and MBZC Ordained Staff Traveling to Japan in May 2015

    Announcement: Rinzai-ji and Mount Baldy Ordained Staff Traveling to Japan   This coming May the ordained staff of Rinzai-ji and Mount Baldy Zen Centers will be traveling to Japan.  The trip is motivated by conversations with Noritake Roshi (Kyoto), Seiya Osho (Sendai), and Minakawa Roshi (Sapporo) all of whom were present at the memorial services
  • 05APR
    Hanamatsuri 2015

    Hanamatsuri 2015

    On Sunday, April 5th, at 11am, we held our Hanamatsuri Ceremony. The ceremony was followed by a delicious lasagna lunch prepared by Marilyn Gladle and Susan Crozier for your kind offer to prepare lunch. Thank you!  
  • 04APR
    Hanamatsuri Sesshin 2015

    Hanamatsuri Sesshin 2015

    On March 31st – April 4th we held our five-day Hanamatsuri retreat (Buddha’s birthday). We had some fine folks joining us for these five days of practice including Seido Clark, Joyce Gadiot, Myoren Yasukawa, Gento Krieger, Genshin Anderson, Shinkai Navarre, Craig Paup, Jodo Candy, Lisa Hubler as full-time and Maggie Keen, Susan Crosier Julianna Raye,