Zen Buddhism Websites


More Links to Zen Buddhism

ZEN   - Visually rich, funny, intuitive, basic introduction to Zen. Produced by Kodai-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan. Requires Shockwave and a 4.0+ browser.

Zen Buddhism Virtual Library  - Excellent resource for information on teachers, schools, lineages, Zen names, Zen sutras and other writings.

Cybermonk - Your Zen questions answered by a senior monk from Zen Mountain Monastery.

Daily Zen - An aesthetic Zen haven with a humorous touch. Offers inspirational daily quotes, complimentary monthly e-journal, and an extensive collection of Buddhist-themed e-cards.

International Research Institute for Zen Buddhism - An academic research institution devoted to the study of Zen Buddhism, serving the needs of researchers, students, teachers, and practitioners of Buddhism. 48.000 character Chinese character database. The IRIZ is located at the Rinzai-affiliated Hanazono University, Kyoto, Japan.

Ketsumyaku (Certificate of Affiliation to a Lineage) - Image of the traditional document given to Zen monks on the day of their ordination showing their entire lineage from Buddha Shakyamuni to themselves. This version is used by the Association Zen Internationale.

On Finding a Zen Teacher - Essay giving advice on why and how to find a Zen teacher.


Chan Visual Arts - A collection from the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun.

Nadja Van Ghelue Contemporary Japanese Calligraphy - Dharma art inspired by Zen Buddhism.

Zen and Photography - Features more than 175 photos from a Zen artistic perspective.

Zen Art-Net - Artist's personal page displaying large amounts of her Zen-inspired paintings and calligraphy.

The Zen Arts - Zen arts incorporated into the Eight Gates training program of the Mountains and Rivers Order (Zen Mountain Monastery). Includes a discourse on art as zen-practice.

Blyth, Reginald Horace (1898 - 1964) - Find biography, bibliography, quotes links and comments on the contributions of this translator prepared by Michael P. Garofalo.

Buddhism and Poetry - Short essays about Basho, Zen Buddhism and poetry. Selections from R. H. Blyth. A section of the Poetry Store Archive.

Chan Poetry - Collection from the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun. Features reader contributions and commentaries.

Hokku-Inn - A haiku poetry e-mail list, coordinated by David Coomler, rooted in Zen/Ch'an traditions and the work of R. H. Blyth. Extensive archive of informative articles.

Hundred Mountain Journal - Poetry - A Buddhist journal that includes poems.

In the Moonlight A Worm... (Haiku and Zen) - Article on the relationship between Zen and Haiku.

Japanese Death Poetry - This page explores Japanese death poetry and poetry of the Samurai, as well as the poetry of Zen Buddhist monks.

Poems of Ikkyu, Bankei, and Ryokan - A sample collection.

Poetry of the Dharma - A collection of Buddhist poetry from a wide range of traditions. Site is maintained by the Buddhism Study and Practice Group of SUNY-Stony Brook.

A Sampler of Zen Poems - A few poems by three of Japan's greatest Zen monk-poets, Ikkyu (1394-1481), Basho (1644-1694), and Ryokan (1758-1831).

Zen and Poetry - An interview with Zen Master Seung Sahn about his poetry.

Zen Buddhism And Its Relationship to Elements of Eastern And Western Arts - An essay on the relationship of Zen to art.

Zen Poems and Haikus - Collection of Zen poems and haikus.

Zen Poetry - Ten poems by J. Rittscher.

Zen Poetry - A comprehensive guide to Zen Poetry on the Net, a detailed bibliography, special studies of noted Zen poetry scholars and translators (e.g., R. H. Blyth), haiku guides, and a generous selection of zen poems with source citations. Prepared by Michael P. Garofalo.

Are Buddhists vegetarian? - Part of a FAQ page.

A Buddhist Perspective on Vegetarianism - Three reasons to be vegetarian. Reprinted on the Web by the International Vegetarian Union (IVU).

Buddhist Resources on Vegetarianism and Animal Welfare - Buddhist information about vegetarianism and animal welfare. Includes both doctrinal and practical materials and links to sites with general resources.

Buddhist vegetarianism - Articles from Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism.

Chinese Vegetarianism and Buddhist Roots - An essay tracing the roots of Chinese vegetarianism to Buddhism.

The First Precept: Reverence for Life - Article asserting that when people appreciate and honor the beauty of life, they will do everything in their power to protect all life.

Cheng Hsin - A blend of martial arts and Zen founded by Peter Ralston. The site provides a biography of the teacher, a description and articles about the practice, lists recommended books and videos and provides a schedule of workshops.

What is Bushido? - The moral code principals that developed among the samurai (military) class of Japan, on a basis of national tradition influenced by Zen and Confucianism.

Zen in the Martial Arts - "You must concentrate upon and consecrate yourself wholly to each day, as though a fire were raging in your hair." These words of instruction to a medieval samurai might be said to contain the essence of Zen. To practice Zen or the martial arts, you must live intensely, wholeheartedly, without reserves, as if you might die in the next instant. Lacking this sort of commitment, Zen becomes mere ritual and the martial arts devolve into mere sport.

Zen Martial Arts - Dedicated to changing the popular perception of martial arts, from that of exercise and self-defense, to a path of personal and spiritual growth.

Nambu Ironware - Short history of metalwork in Nambu, where iron kettles for the tea ceremony are still made in the traditional way.

Ocha Sado Chanoyu - Explanation of the tea ceremony, with illustrations of typical utensils used to perform it.

Ogasawara Sencha Service School - Essay on the history and appreciation of tea by this school's headmaster.

Omotesenke Foundation of Florida - Intro to chanoyu covering history and philosophy, objects used in the ceremony, and a glossary of tea ceremony terminology.

Tea Ceremony - TeaHyakka Magazine - A monthly online magazine covering all aspects of the Japanese Tea Ceremony.

Teapot Salon - Types, preparation and serving instructions.

The Urasenke Konnichian Web Site - Short biographies of the successive masters of the tea school established by the great 16th century tea master, Rikyu.

Urasenke Tradition of Tea - Gives introduction and history of tea ceremony, and lineage of the Urasenke family and organization.


Zen Centers of the World - Most complete listing of Zen Centers on the Web.

Association Zen Internationale Dojo List - List of the dojos of the Kosen Sangha, with location and contact details.

Ch'an Center Affiliates - List of all worldwide Ch'an groups affiliated with Dharma Drum Mountain, in the Lin-Chi (Rinzai) lineage.

Kwan Um School of Zen - Centers and Groups of the Kwan Um School of Zen

Soto Zen Centers Worldwide - List of all Soto centers outside Japan, from the official Sotoshu website.

Chats and Forums

Soto Zen Buddhism Yahoo Group - A mailing list for Soto Zen Buddhists to discuss the dharma and the practice that Dogen Zenji brought about through his teachings.

Zen Forum - Bulletin board for talking about Zen, Buddhism, meditation and related topics.


Apology for What the Founder of the Sanbo-Kyodan, Haku'un Yasutani Roshi, Said and Did during World War II - Apology by Jiun Kubota, The 3rd Patriarch of the Religious Foundation Sanbo-kyodan, repenting the support of Japanese aggression in World War II by Sanbo-Kyodan and its founder.

Coming Down from the Zen Clouds - A critique of the current state of American Zen. By Stuart Lachs.

Zen Holy War? - Review of the book, Zen at War, an expose of Japanese Zen establishment and its relationship to the imperial war machine from the late 1800's through World War II.


American Zen - Achieving the sublime through the path of least resistance.

Btanka's Zenspace... - An interesting collection of Buddhist links.

DharmaNet International WebRing

Scott Shaw's Buddha on the Net - Links to Buddhist sites worldwide.

Zen Buddhist InfoWeb - DharmaNet's list of links.

Zen Web Ring - A ring of Zen centers, groups, personal Zen webpages, and Zen-related magazines.


Bonsai Potato - Zen Without the Wait! - Offers a Zen Bonsai Potato kit containing everything you need to learn the shortcuts to patience and achieve inner peace - FAST!

Koans of the Zen Librarian - "The Zen Librarian meditated for ten years on this question: What is the plot of a self-help book which has no pages or words?..."

Master Zen-Dao Meow - Zen-influenced comic strip.

Zen Buddhist Clock and GPS Synchronometer - Calibrates your computer to the astronomically correct time at your precise latitudinal and longitudinal location.

The Zen Happy Pages - Musings of a Newfoundland Zen-Cod Master who makes dukkha funny: "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a flat tire."

Zen Jokes - A few jokes.

Major Schools

Community of Mindful Living - Provides support for individuals and meditation groups worldwide who wish to practice in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition.

Dharma Drum Mountain - An International Buddhist cultural and educational foundation founded by Chan Master Sheng-yen.

Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association - Taiwanese Dharma Drum Chinese Ch'an Buddhist association for teaching Zen in the United States. In the Lin-Chi (Rinzai) lineage.

Naropa Institute - Private, non-profit liberal arts college in Boulder, Colorado characterized by its unique Buddhist educational heritage.

Schools of Zen Buddhism - Graphical depiction of the historic schools.

Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun - A virtual temple for the study of Zen in the tradition of Ch'an Master Hsu (Xu) Yun.

The American Zen Association - The American branch of the International Zen Association, in the Soto Zen lineage of Kodo Sawaki and Taisen Deshimaru. Describes the school's teachings and lists its centers.

Association Buddhist Zen of Master Deshimaru - School founded by Master Deshimaru and passed onto his disciple, Kosen.

Diamond Sangha - Constellation of Zen Buddhist centers and associations in Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and USA. The first and founding Diamond Sangha group was established in Hawaii, USA in 1959 by Robert and Anne Aitken in a living room of their Hawaii house as part of the Harada-Yasutani School of Zen (also known as Sanbo Kyodan, or Order of the Three Treasures).

Harada-Yasutani School - Also known as the Sanbo Kyodan school.

Mountain and Rivers Order - An organization of associated Zen Buddhist temples, practice centers and sitting groups. Founded by Abbot, John Daido Loori Roshi. The mainhouse of the order is Zen Mountain Monastery. The order also operates Dharma Communications, a media company supplying resources for home practice. Groups of students around the world are joined in the MRO training program through the Society of Mountains and Rivers.

White Plum Asanga - An organization of Zen teachers in the lineage of Hakuyu Taizen Maezumi. The purpose of the White Plum Asanga is to provide support for students and teachers in the White Plum lineage.

Zen and the Way of the New Religions - An essay detailing the history and practice of the Sanbo Kyodan school of Zen.

The Everyday Zen Foundation - Founded to support the dharma communities of Zen teacher and poet Zoketsu Norman Fischer.

Order of Buddhist Contemplatives - The Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, dedicated to the practice of the Serene Reflection Meditation tradition.

Order of the Prairie Wind - An independent order of ordained Soto Zen Buddhist priests founded by Rev. Nonin Chowaney.

Soto Zen International - Official homepage of the Soto school of Zen.

Zen Centers Affiliated with the San Francisco Zen Center

Masters and Teachers

Anne Hopkins Aitken - An Tanshin - Memorial site for our Anne, the woman behind Robert Aitken Roshi and an spiritual teacher in her own right.

Anne Seisen Saunders, Sensei - The founder and head teacher of Sweetwater Zen Center. Student of the late Taizan Maezumi Roshi and a Dharma successor of Bernie Tetsugen Glassman, Roshi.

Anzan Hoshin - Roshi for White Wind Zen Centers: Zen Centre of Ottawa; Wolfville Zazenkai, Wolfville, Nova Scotia; and, Harrow Zazenkai, South Harrow, Middlesex, England.

Chan Master Sheng-Yen - In addition to being a lineage holder of the Linji (Jap. Rinzai) and Caodong (Jap. Soto) traditions, Master Sheng-yen is a scholar with a ph.d from Rissho University in Japan. He teaches in New York and is the founder of the Dharma Drum Mountain in Taiwan.

Chan Master Sheng-yen - A third generation descendant of the great Chinese Chan Master, Hsu-Yun (empty cloud), Master Sheng-yen plays an important role in the revival, dissemination, and expansion of Chan practice in China and the West. He currently teaches in Queens, New York and Taiwan.

Chan Master Wei Li - The founder of the Tu An Zen Temple at Santa Ana, Chan Master Wei Li [Thich Duy Luc in Vietnamese] is an 89th generation master in the Chan tradition. He was a student of Master Dieu Duyen who was a close disciple of Master Hsu Yun [Empty Cloud] and Master Lai Kuo. This site contains articles about Buddhism, Chan Buddhism, and a biography of the master.

Charles Tenshin Fletcher Sensei - Charles Tenshin Fletcher Sensei received Dharma Transmission in the White Plum lineage from Maezumi Roshi in 1994. He is currently the teacher and abbot of Zen Mountain Center in California.

Cheri Huber - Cheri Huber has been a student and teacher of Zen for over 30 years. This site contains schedules of public talks and workshops, signup form, writings archive, booking information, links to her Internet radio show, and background information.

Dae Gak - Teaches at Furnace Mountain. Received transmission from Zen Master Seung Sahn, Kwan Um School. Founded Furnace Mountain, in 1986. Guiding Teacher of the Queensland Zen Center (Australia), Lexington Zen Center, Dae Mun Zen Group of Cincinnati, and Indianapolis Zen Group.

Danan Henry - Danan Henry Sensei entered monastic training at the Rochester Zen Center in 1979 and was ordained a Buddhist priest in 1986. In 1989, Kapleau Roshi sanctioned Danan as a full teacher and spiritual director of the Zen Center of Denver. Since 1990, Danan has been training with Robert Aitken Roshi.

Diane Rizzetto - Diane Rizzetto was born in 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts. She married at a young age and had three children. In 1978 she moved to California and soon afterwards began studying with Sojun Mel Weitsman at the Berkeley Zen Center. After practicing at the Berkeley center for several years, she began study with Charlotte Joko Beck of the Zen Center of San Diego.

Dr. John Crook - Dr. John Crook received Dharma transmission from Master Sheng-yen in 1993. He runs the Western Chan Fellowship in England and conducts Western Zen Retreats, Mahamudra Retreats, and Chan retreats throughout Europe.

Female Zen Teachers - Comprehensive list and biographies of current female Western Zen teachers.

Gilbert Gutierrez - Gilbert Gutierrez received Dharma transmission from Master Sheng-yen in June 2002, making him the only American Dharma heir of Master Sheng-yen's Dharma Drum lineage. Gilbert is the founder and teacher of the Riverside Chan Meditation Group. This site contains information about classes and events offered by his group, as well as many articles written by him.

Grace Schireson - Ordained in the Suzuki Roshi lineage, Grace Schireson has trained in Soto Zen under Sojun Mel Weitsman Roshi of Berkeley Zen Center and in Rinzai Zen under Keido Fukushima Roshi of Tofuku-ji Monastery in Kyoto. She is also trained as a clinical psychologist. She teaches at Empty Nest, Valley Heartland, and Fresno River Zen Groups.

Helga Schleiter Smith - Helga Schleiter Smith came upon the Way of Sudden Awakening after years of studying and practicing various "dualistic" and "non-dualistic" traditions. She currently teaches at Santa Cruz, CA.

Hogen Daido Yamahata - Soto teacher, student of Harada Tangen Roshi.

Ji Bong (Bob Moore) - Co-Guiding Teacher of Dharma Zen Center, Los Angeles. A student of Zen Master Seung Sahn since 1975.

John Daido Loori - Author, artist, Zen Master is the founder and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper, New York. This site contains information about his works and books as an creative artist.

John Daido Loori Roshi - Biographies of John Daido Loori Roshi, founder, abbot, and spiritual leader of Zen Mountain Monastery and his two transmitted Dharma heirs Bonnie Myotai Treace Sensei, and Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei.

Joshu Sasaki Roshi - Rinzai Zen teacher from Myoshin-ji temple in Japan--now in the United States heading several Zen Centers.

Kobutsu Shindo (Kevin Malone) - Ordained American Rinzai Zen Buddhist priest of the Gempo-Soen-Eido lineage, studied with the Venerable Eido Sotai Shimano, Roshi. Kobutsu has been a student in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and studied with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Kosen - Affiliated with the Association Buddhist Zen of Master Deshimaru. Born in Paris, 1950. Received shiho from Master Niwa Zenji, in the Soto tradition. Site accompanied by Kosen's rock music.

Kusala Bhikshu - Kusala Bhikshu (Thich Tam-Thien) is an American born monk ordained in the Vietnamese Zen tradition (Thien). He lives and works at the International Buddhist Meditation Center in Los Angeles. He also serves as a chaplain at the Garden Grove Police Department.

Kwan Um Zen School Teachers

Kyozan Joshu Sasaki Roshi - Founder of Rinzai-ji.

Mary Jise Jaksch - Appointed as a teacher in the Diamond Sangha lineage by Ross Bolleter Roshi with the blessing of Mary's elder Teacher, Robert Aitken Roshi.

Master Gudo Wafu Nishijima - Ordained by the late Master Rempo Niwa, formerly head of the Soto Sect. He has written many books on Buddhism in both Japanese and in English. He teaches in Tokyo, Osaka, Shizuoka City and other cities in Japan. This site contains a list of his publications, online articles, as well as information about his teaching activities.

Myoyu Andersen Sensei - Myoyu Andersen Sensei became a Dharma heir of Taizan Maezumi Roshi in 1995. She teaches at the Zen Center of Bloomington and the Great Plain Zen Center. This site conotains introduction to the Great Plain Zen Center and its calendar of event.

Patricia Dai-En Bennage - Received Soto Zen priest precepts and trained at the Women's Soto Zen Monastery in Nagoya, Japan, receiving Transmission and Zuise. Head teacher at Mt. Equity Zendo.

Paul Park, Ji Do Poep Sa Nim - Co-Guiding Teacher of Dharma Zen Center, Los Angeles. Paul Park, JDPSN, received inka at Providence Zen Center from Zen Master Seung Sahn in April 1998.

Reb Anderson, Tenshin Roshi - Tenshin Reb Anderson is Senior Dharma teacher at San Francisco Zen Center.

Robert E. Kennedy Roshi - Fr. Robert E Kennedy S.J. Roshi is a Dharma heir of Bernard Glassman Roshi. He had studied with Yamada Roshi and Maezumi Roshi. He is chair of the Theology Department of Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, New Jersey. This site contains practice schedules, biographical information, online articles, and links to other zendos.

Roshi Gensho Hozumi - The guiding teacher of the Kyoto International Zendo. Hozumi Roshi trained under Yamada Mumon Roshi for 12 years and received transmission from Omori Sogen Roshi. The site contains a collection of his writings and information about the Kyoto International Zendo.

Ross Bolleter - Zen Master Ross Bolleter Roshi teaches in Australia and New Zealand in the Diamond Sangha tradition.

Seiju Bob Mammoser - Abbot of the Albuquerque Zen Center, ordained as an Osho (Zen Priest) by Roshi Joshu Sasaki. Site includes information on AZC.

Sei'un An Roselyn E. Stone - Student of Koun Yamada, of the San'un Zendo in Kamakura, Sanbo Kyodan Zen sect. Established the Mountain Moon Sangha Zendos in Brisbane and Toronto in 1993.

Shodo Harada Roshi - Shodo Harada was born in 1940 in Nara, Japan. He began his Zen training in 1962 when he entered Shofuku-ji monastery in Kobe, Japan. He received transmission from Yamada Mumon Roshi.

Sojun Mel Weitsman - Abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center.

Subhana Barzaghi Roshi - Subhana Barzaghi Roshi received transmission from her teacher, John Tarrant Roshi, in 1996. She teaches intensive Zen & Vipassana retreats in India, Australia and New Zealand and conducts workshops in Sydney.

Taigen Dan Leighton - Taigen Dan Leighton is a Soto Zen priest with Dharma Transmission from Reb Anderson Roshi. He is an author and translator of a few books and teaches at the Berkeley Graduate Theological Union. The site contains information about his Sangha, as well as articles and Dharma talks.

Taitaku Pat Phelan - Teaches at the Chapel Hill (North Carolina) Zen Center.

Teachings of Master Nan Huai-Chin - Two excerpts from Master Nan's books translated into English. A teacher in the three traditions of Confucian, Buddhist tradition and the Taoist tradition.

Tenkei Coppens Sensei - Teaches at Zen River Temple, Netherlands. Member of White Plum lineage.

Tetsujyo Deguchi - Abbot of Toshoji International Zen Center and a seminal influence on the growth of Zen Buddhism in Italy. He received Dharma transmission in the Harada Roshi Line from Tetsugyu Ban Roshi.

Thich Nhat Hanh - Biography. Includes Real Audio excerpts of Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings.

Thich Nhat Hanh - Biography, short quotes and articles on peace and buddhism.

The Wanderling - Anonymous self-proclaimed Zen Master. Founder of Awakening 101.

Zarko Andricevic - The founder of the Dharmaloka community and the Zagreb Croatia Buddhist Center. Zarko received transmission from Ch'an Master Sheng-yen in 2001.

Zen Dharma Teachers - DharmaNet's Guide to Zen/Ch'an Dharma Teachers.

Zen Master AMA Samy GEN-UN-KEN - AMA Samy is rooted in Christianity and in Zen; he can be said to stand in-between Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. He was given transmission by Yamada Ko-Un Roshi of Sanbo Kyodan in 1982. He is the Zen Master of the Bodhi Zendo in India and the founder of Bodhi Sangha.

Zen Master Zensho W. Kopp - Zensho W. Kopp is a direct dharma successor of Zen Master Soji Enku. He is the spiritual director of Zen-Centre Tao Chan.

Zen People & Teachings - A listing of 20th and 21st Century Zen People and their teachings. Each item contains the lineage of the teacher, where he or she teaches (or taught), links to online biographies, and links to online teachings. It is not an exhaustive listing.

Ancient Masters

Daman Hongren - A short biography of Daman Hongren, the Fifth Patriarch of Ch'an.

Dayi Daoxin - A brief biography of Dayi Daoxin, the Fourth Patriarch of Ch'an.

Hui-K'o, the Second Ch'an Patriarch - Biography of Hui-K'o, the Second Patriarch of Chinese Zen lineage, and student of Bodhidharma.

Kuei-shan Ling-lu - (771-853 C.E.) Successor of Pai-chang Huai-hai, and teacher of Hsiang-yen.

Master List of Ancient Masters - Extensive list of brief biographies of ancient masters.

Nanyang Huizhong - A brief biography of Nanyang Huizhong, Dharma-heir of Huineng, the Sixth Ancestor.

Patriarchs and other Great Zen Masters of Ancient China - Teachings of the great masters of sudden illumination in ancient China -- the forerunners of Zen in Japan.

Qingyuan Xingsi - A brief biography of Qingyuan Xingsi, Dharma-heir of the Sixth Ancestor, Huineng.

Zen Ancestors Lineage Chart - Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader: Detailed, well-laid out chart of the Zen Ancestors.

Bodhidharma - Biography of the 28th Patriarch of Indian Buddhism and the First Patriarch of the Chinese Zen lineage.

Daruma (Bodhidharma) - Drawing of Bodhidharma.

The bodymind experience in Dogen's Shobogenzo - David E. Shaner takes a phenomenological perspective to Shobogenzo. "Each fascicle focuses upon specific aspects of experience, for example, its structure, temporal component, ethical dimension, and so forth."

B-Series Temporal Order in Dogen's Theory of Time - Analysis by Dirck Vorenkamp of Dogen's theory of time in light of modern philosophical approaches.

Did Dogen Go to China? - Stephen Heine's scholarly, in-depth analysis of Dogen's trip to China.

Dogen Biography - A biographical sketch introducing Dogen's life and teachings.

Dogen: Introductory Notes (Wiggles & Waves) - A high-level introduction to Dogen's teachings and approach to zazen, with comments by master, scholars, and students.

Dogen on Wikipedia - Brief Dogen biography, references, and links.

Dogen Zen Symposium 1999 - Papers given at the symposium "Dogen Zen and its Relevance for Our Time", sponsored by the Stanford Center for Buddhist Studies.

Dogen Zenji - Very brief biography of Dogen.

Dogen's "Ceaseless Practice" - A religion scholar addresses Dōgen’s thinking regarding ceaseless practice, with a focus on moral concerns and connection to others.

Dogen's Manuals of Zen Meditation book review - Carl Bielefeldt's "Dogen's Manuals of Zen Meditation", a study of Fukan Zazengi, reviewed by Ryuichi Abe.

Genjo Koan Commentary - A teisho (talk) by Zen teacher Augusto Alcalde on Dogen's Genjo Koan.

Genjo Koan Notes - Brief elucidation of key verses from Genjo Koan by Prof. Mark Unno of the University of Oregon.

Genjo Koan: The Question of Our Lives - Translation of one of Dogen's definitive works by Yasuda Joshu roshi and Anzan Hoshin roshi of the White Wind Zen Community.

Genjo Koan, Uji, and Bendowa Translations - Contemporary English translations by Bob Myers of three major works by Dogen, with detailed footnotes.

Instructions for the Head Cook - Zen practice talk on Dogen's Tenzo Kyokun, "Instructions for the Head Cook", by Sojun Mel Weitsman Roshi.

Just Sitting: The Spititual Legacy of Dogen Zenji - Talk given by Shohaku Omura at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center.

Kuge: Flowers of Space - Translation of Dogen's "Kuge" by Yasuda Joshu roshi and Anzan Hoshin roshi.

The Lotus Sutra as a Source for Dogen's Discourse Style - Dogen often referred to and discussed the Lotus Sutra in his teachings, as described in this detailed, scholarly article by Taigen Dan Leighton.

Metaphysics in Dogen - Kevin Schilbrack examines whether Dogen's thought can be considered metaphysical in nature, focusing on his theory of time.

The Self in Medieval Japanese Buddhism: Focusing on Dogen - Article by Kiyotaka Kimura in "Philosophy East and West" analyzing the concept of "self" in Dogen's teachings.

Shobo Genzo - Definitive translations of portions of Dogen's "Shobo Genzo", by members of the Stanford Zen Text Project.

Shobo Genzo - Brief bio, timeline, and useful summaries of Shobogenzo fascicles and other writings, by the Glasgow Zen Center.

Shobo Genzo/Bukkyo translation - Translation of a SBGZ fascicle by Yasuda Joshu roshi and Anzan Hoshin roshi of the White Wind Zen Community.

Soyu Matsuoka, Roshi's Reflections on Dogen Zenji - A 1964 talk briefly describing Dogen's life and teachings and their meaning.

Translating Dogen: Reflections - Daniel Taigen Leighton, a noted Dogen translator, discusses the difficulties and rewards of his undertaking.

Uji, a Commentary (Amida Trust Papers) - Translation and commentary on the Uji chapter of Shobogenzo, by Dharmavidya David Brazier.

Uji: Commentaries on Dogen zenji's Being Time - Teisho by Anzan Hoshin roshi of the White Wind Zen Center on the Uji (Being-Time) fascicle of Dogen's "Shobo Genzo".

Understanding Shobo Genzo - Zen teacher Gudo Wafu Nishijima presents his guide to understanding Shobo Genzo, including repeated structures and a categorization of each chapter. [PDF]

Zazen is Vast Openness - Talk on Dogen's fascicle Genjo Koan by Sojun Mel Weitsman.

Zen in Daily Life: Zen teacher Dogen & the Soto Approach to Zen - A collection of Dogen resources including a biography, essays, and translations of Fukanzazengi, Genjo Koan, Bendowa, Uji, and Shoji.

Zenki, "Total Dynamic Working": A Talk - Zen practice talk on Dogen's fascicle Zenki, "Total Dynamic Working", by Sojun Mel Weitsman.

Hui-Neng - Biography of Hui-Neng the Sixth Patriarch of Chinese Zen lineage.

Historic Masters

Ban Tetsugyu Roshi - Ban Tetsugyu Roshi was a Dharma successor of Harada Roshi. He established two temples in Japan, Kannonji (Iwate) and Tetsugyuji (Oita). He retired from Toshoji on May 10,1992 and died Jan, 21, 1996.

Dainin Katagiri - Trained at Eiheiji. Came to the United States in 1963. In 1982 he became the first Abbot of Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis. Dainin Katagiri, Roshi died in 1990.

Jiyu-Kennett - Founder of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, following the Serene Reflection Meditation (Soto Zen)Tradition. First Abbess of Shasta Abby. b. 1924, d., 1996.

Venerable Master Hsuan Hua - Master Hauan Hua was one of the earliest Chinese Chan masters to have set foot in the USA. He received transmission in the Wei-Yang lineage from Master Hsu Yun. He founded the City of Ten Thousand Buddha in 1976 and passed away in 1995.

Yasutani Hakuun - 1885-1973 Founder of Sanbo Kyodan Zen

Yasutani Roshi - This site contains a brief biography of Yasutani Hakuun Roshi who formally established Sanbo Kyodan - a modern Japanese Zen lineage based on a synthesis of Soto and Rinzai Zen. It includes links to additional references.


The Alexander Technique for Buddhist Practitioners - Explanation of the Alexander Technique as used for Zazen practice.

From a Zazen Journal - A two-year daily meditative record of morning meditations, and attendance at extended sesshins, by an American Soto Zen practitioner.

How to Meditate (Zazen) - Detailed instructions from Zen Mountain Monastery on how to practice Zen meditation.

Sesshin For Newcomers - Some words about sesshin for newcomers to Zen, by Aitkin Roshi.

Zen and Recovery - Description of the benefits of Zen meditation, and instruction in meditation for the beginner. Focuses on the benefits of Zen meditation in recovery from addictions, but is useful to any meditation beginner.


Chopa Imports - Offers meditation supplies and home decor items.

Dharmacrafts - Zafu and zabuton makers for 20 years. Also offers statues, altars, bells, gongs, incense, and books. Retail and Wholesale.

Four Gates Meditation Supply - Meditation supplies, books, self-improvement tapes, jewelry, music, and Dharma ritual items for Zen and Tibetan Buddhist practioners.

Great Patience Zen Stitchery - Offers traditional and western-style meditation clothing, and monks bags, and meditation cushions.

Hazy Moon Store of 10,000 Things - Offers oryoki bowls, Japanese incense, Buddha statues, gongs, Zen clothing, malas, altar items, Zen cards, zafus and zabutons.

Jikyu-an Zen Art Home Page - Original Zen art and authentic temple supplies.

The Monastery Store - Secure online store offering books, audiotapes, and videotapes on Zen, Buddhism, and meditation, plus a wide range of meditation supplies. Affiliated with Zen Mountain Monastery.

Myojo Morning Star - Offers Zen meditation robes.

StillSitting.com - Meditation Supplies - Provides meditation cushions, robes, and incense.

The Texas Zen Hymnbook - Inrpiring Zen-like texts applied to traditional hymn tunes as "songs for those who live in interesting times."

Zabu Zabu - Custom made meditation clothing and supplies: Everything from altar cloths to meditation cushions and robes.

Zen Home Stitchery - Clothes, cushions, and accessories for meditation.

Opposing Views

Zen: A Trinitarian Critique - "What Zen recommends as the way of enlightenment -- becoming one with the ultimate reality -- is simply another form of the Satanic promise to Eve: "you shall be as God." Even so, for many, it may not be obvious that Zen enlightenment is the very essence of sin. It is only with serious consideration of ethical issues -- the place where philosophy confronts historical particularity --that Zen is clearly exposed as pretense."

Zen and the Art of Divebombing - A criticism of Zen's alleged lack of moral foundations, from a Western philosophical viewpoint.


Instructions for the Cook - A translation of Dogen's Tenzo kyôkun.

Oryoki, and "Instructions for the Tenzo" by Dogen - Explanation and instructions for Oryoki. Includes Dogen's fasicle on "Instructions to the Tenzo".

Sesshin Meal Planner - A complete list of instructions for the Tenzo, servers, and Tenzo's assistants. Includes 4 days' recipes for 25 people, and a thorough a shopping list. Courtesy of Jan Hewton of the Maitai Zendo.

Tenzo kyokun: Instructions for the Tenzo - ByEihei Dogen zenji, translated by Yasuda Joshu roshi and Anzan Hoshin sensei.

Traditional Oryoki - As instructed by Sotoshu Shumucho (the headquarters of the Soto School).

Personal Pages

Dark Luminosity - Smashing the Black Lacquer Barrel. An Enlightenment experience in the Zen tradition. By the Wanderling.

Death Had A Face - The role of the Near Death Experience and the Death of the Ego in the personal transformation realized in the awakening experience in the Zen tradition.

Digital Zendo - Zen resources. Sutras, writings by Eido Shimano Roshi, meditation, Zazen.

Erik Storlie, Zen Author and Teacher - Personal page of Erik Storlie, author of "Nothing on my Mind" and "Two Zen Masters."

Kai Kracht on Zen Buddhism - A personal Zen experience.

Marks Mind - This is site of quotes and ideas with a Zen twist. Of stories, poetry, and inspiration; where I explore life and truth.

Maximum Bliss - Provides Zen meditation techniques, quotes, a dictionary of common terms, and inspiration for those who meditate.

Michael McAlister - Zen practitioner at Green Gulch Farm in Sausalito, California since 1988. Educational background details offered. Sitting groups information in the East Bay. Features an ongoing dialog with Michael.

A Pilgrimage In Japan - Story of a traditional pilgrimage to Zen temples in Japan.

Proverbial Zen! -- Poetic Zen Guidance - Sam Hazelhurst's Zen page.

Sayings from "The Little Zen Companion"

ScurrilousMonk - The Blog of Rev. Fudo Michael Koppang. It contains thoughts on Zen, meditation, and Buddhism. You will find an occaisional Zen poem, or thoughts on the everday events that illustrate a point, or speak to those who are practicing zen. Rev. Koppang is an ordained Soto priest.

What Is Zen? - Writings about the nature of Zen by a student of Zen Master Seung Sahn.

Zen Buddhism @ Neurotopia - Information on mudras, meditation techniques, Zen stories and teachings.

Zen Christianity - A personal page about redefining Christianity as a Zen path.

Zen Master Dragon Mind - Zen Master Dragon Mind's words about Zen in America

The Zen Page - Essays, koans, and poems inspired by or about Zen Buddhism.

Zenophilia - Zen and Tao-related poetry, artwork, koans, and links.


Awakening 101 - An excellent online course on the mystical experience. It begins with the premise that Enlightenment is outside the scriptures. The broad range of links available on various descriptions of "Zen" experience is very useful. 

Ch'an Buddhism and the Prophetic Poems of William Blake - An essay discussing the relation between William Blake's poetry and Zen.

Is Zen A Religion? - A philosophical essay

Logical Meanderings between West and East. - A comparison of Aristotle, Nagarjuna and Bhaskar.

On Zen Language and Paradoxes - A philosophical analysis of Zen koans by John King-Farlow.

Religion of the Samurai: A Study of Zen Philosophy and Discipline in Japan and China - 1913 classic book by Kaiten Nukariya. Complete online book.

Semantics And Zen - An essay on how the methods of General Semantics and Zen complement one another.

Truth and Zen - A comparison of the Aristotilian view of truth and Zen's view.

Tsung-Mi and the single word "awareness"(chih) - by Peter N. Gregory, from Philosophy East and West.

The Zen philosopher: A review article on Dogen scholarship in English - The nature and importance of Dogen's thought as representative of the philosophical structure of Zen Buddhism.

Zen Philosophy - A brief introduction to Zen thought.


All Things Zen - Koan of Zen master Ch'ing Yuan Wei-hsin on emptiness, enlightenment, dependent origination, satori.

Awakening 101 - A free online Dharma course that explores the Enlightenment experience in the Zen tradition, presented by the Wanderling, an anonymous, uncertified Zen teacher.

BuddhaNet File library - Dozens of .zip files of Zen teachings

Essentials of Buddhism - Lists out the key points of Buddhism in a nutshell.

Fukan zazengi - Translated by the Stanford Zen Translation Project.

How to Practice - The essential idea of Zen practice.

Master Hsu Yun's Teachings - Dharma discourses by a historical Chinese Ch'an master.

Soto Zen Ancestors in China - The recorded teachings of Tang-dynasty Chan masters Shitou Xiqian, Qingyuan Xingsi, Yaoshan Weiyen, and Yunyan Tansheng, translated into English.

Teachings of Bodhidharma

The Ten Precepts - Dai Bosatsu version.

What do you think, my friend? - Selection of writings on Buddhism

What The Buddha Said

Zen Master Seung Sahn's Temple Rules

Zen Texts - A large miscellaneous collection of Zen Texts.

Boddhisattva Vows - In Japanese and English. Translation by Eido Shimano Roshi.

Bodhisattva's Vow - When I, a student of Dharma Look at the real form of the universe, All is the never-failing manifestation Of the mysterious truth of Tathagata. In any event, in any moment, and in amy place, None can be other than the marvelous revelation Of its glorious light....

Ch'an texts, from the Dragon Flower Ch'an Temple - Large collection of Ch'an chants.

Chants from the Clouds in Water Zendo - Impermanence Verses Clouds in Water Gathas Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion Formless Atonement Great Vows for All Harmony of Difference and Sameness Heart Sutra Opening the Teaching Sutra Self-fulfillment Samadhi (Jijuyu Samadhi) Song of the Precious Mirror Samadhi, Ten Verse Kannon Sutra of Timeless Life, The Universal Recommendations for Zazen (Fukanzazengi), Verse of the Robe.

Daily Zen Buddhist Sutras - Diamond Sangha Daily Sutras

Diamond Sangha Daily Zen Sutras - Translations/revisions by Robert Aitken Roshi

Diamond Sangha Sutras - Extensive list of sutras chanted by the Diamond Sangha.

Great Dharani - In Japanese.

Hekigan Roku: Case 89: "The Path of the Boddhisattva" - Commentary by Subhana Barzaghi.

Koan Commentaries by Barry Magid - Barry Magid teaches at the Ordinary Mind Zendo as an affiliate of the San Diego Zen Center.

Koan Practice - An explanation of Koan practice by Genjo Marinello.

Random Koans - Read a koan picked at random from the text.

The Sound of One Hand Clapping - A brief explanation of this famous koan, by Hakuin.

Stop the Distant Rowboat Using Just Your Mind - An explanation of a Zen koan, from a metaphor used by Dogen.

Working with Koans - Teisho by John Tarrant Roshi.

Zen Buddhism Koan Study Pages - Extensive bibliography on commentaries from the Zen Buddhism WWW Virtual Library.

Zen Koans: Transcending Duality - A list of well-known koans.

Dai Hi En Mon Bu Kai Jin Shu/Dharani of the Great Compassionate One - In English and Japanese.

Five Ranks of Tozan and Other Zen Classics - "Five Ranks of the Apparent & the Real" and "The Song of the Jeweled Mirror Samadhi" by Tozan Ryokai. "The Keiso Dokuzi" by Hakuin. "Three Kinds of Fall" and "Five States of Lord & Vassal" by Ts'ao Shan. "The Three Roads" by Tung Shan. "Five States" by Fen Yang.

The Five Wonderful Precepts - Rephrased by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and represented in a way that can be understood more easily for the people, especially the young in the West.

Four Great Vows - The basic vows of buddhist students.

The Four Great Vows - In English and Japanese.

Harmony of Difference and Equality (Sandokai) - Translated by the Stanford Zen Translation Project. Text is annotated for instrumentation during services.

Lankavatara Sutra - Includes a commentary by Stephen L. Klick.

Sho Sai Shu: Dharani of Removing Disasters - In English and Japanese.

Song of Enlightenment - By Zen Master Hsuan Chuen.

Soto School Sutras for Daily Service and Practice - Translated by the Stanford Zen Translation Project.

Diamond Sutra - Published by the DaeJang Gyong Research Institute of Haein-sa Monastery, Korea.

Diamond Sutra - A relatively modern-language translation by the Lotus Sutra Study Center.

Diamond Sutra - "Like a meteor, like darkness, as a flickering lamp, An illusion, like hoar-frost or a bubble, Like clouds, a flash of lightning, or a dream: So is all conditioned existence to be seen."

The Diamond Sutra - Translated by A. F. Price and Wong Mou-Lam.

The Diamond Sutra - Version of the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun.

The Diamond Sutra - Abridged - A greatly abridged version by George Boeree, Ph.D., that removes the heavily repetitive aspects of the original, which came from the oral tradition.

The Great Heart of Wisdom Sutra - Translation used by the Daibutsuji Zen Temple.

Hannya Shingyo - Translated by the Stanford Zen Translation Project. Text is annotated for instrumentation during services.

The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra - Translation by the Buddhist Text Translation Society

The Heart of the Prajnaparamita - Translated from the Chinese by Thich Nhat Hanh

Heart Sutra - Two different versions.

Heart Sutra - Modern English version

Heart Sutra - In Japanese, English, and German.

Heart Sutra - With line-by-line commentary.

The Heart Sutra - An interpretation of the Heart Sutra by George Boeree, Ph.D., to make the sutra clearer for college students.

The Heart Sutra in Buddhist Sanskrit - With commentary and line-by-line translation.

Prajna Paramita Sutra - Line by line in Japanese and English.

Zen Dynamics Heart Sutra page - The Heart Sutra in Japanese with a word-by word English translation and commentary

The Hsin Hsin Ming by Seng-t`san with commentary by R. H. Blyth - A classic translation of the Hsin Hsin Ming by Seng-t`san with embeded links to commentary by R. H. Blyth and other translations. 

Affirming Faith In Mind - Chant version used by the Portland Zen Community.

Faith In Mind - Dragon Flower Ch'an Temples translation.

Faith in Mind - A verse attributed to Jianzhi Sengcan, the Third Patriarch of Zen Buddhism.

Hsin-Hsin-Ming - The Gatha of Seng T'san, Third Chan Patriarch.

On Believing in Mind - Translation by Eido Shimano, Roshi.

Seng-Ts'an - Biographical information on Seng-Ts'an, and several translations of his famous sutra.

Trusting In Mind: A New Translation of the "Hsin Hsin Ming" - by Zen Master Hae Kwang.

Platform Sutra of Sixh Patriarch Hui Neng - Sutra on zen meditation, karma, the life of Hui Neng and other subjects.

The Platform Sutra (The Sutra of Hui Neng) - In Chinese characters with links to character translations.

The Sutra of Hui Neng - Sutra on the Treasure of the Law. Translated by Christmas Humphreys and Wong Mou-Lam.

T'an Ching (Platform Sutra) - Review and comparison of various translations of the Platform Sutra.

Talks on Zen Practice and Meditation  - Talks on Zen practice and meditation by American Soto Zen teachers in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, Roshi

Archive of Dharma Talks from The Village Zendo - "Tireless Lotus", "On Anger", "On Faithmind", "Medicine and Sickness"

Bathing a Newborn Buddha - By Thich Nhat Hanh. "No boundary exists between the sacred and the profane."

Dharma Discources by Kobun Chino Otagawa Roshi - Abbot of Jikoji (Los Gatos, CA), Hokoji (Taos, New Mexico) and Kaikyoshi of the Soto School in the USA.

Dharma Talks by Ch'an Master Hsing Yung - Buddhist Perspective on Cause and Condition; Buddhist Perspective on Time and Space; Buddhism's View on Deeds and Behaviors; Buddhism's View on the Wheel of Rebirth; Buddhism for the Perfection of This Life.

Dharma Talks by Gilbert Gutierrez, Riverside Ch'an Meditation Group - Large number of talks by Gilbert Gutierrez, who has studied and practiced meditation for over twenty five years and is a student of Venerable Ch'an Master Sheng-yen. Many of the articles have a particularly Ch'an (Zen) flavor while others are more general in their approach to Buddhist principles and practice.

Dharma Talks by Taigen Dan Leighton - Given at Mountain Source Sangha.

Dharma Talks from Sweetwater Zen Center - By Anne Seisen Saunders: "Not Knowing is Most Intimate," "The Path is Through Your Self," "If You Practice You Will See It," "The Flower of No Separation." By Taizan Maezumi, Roshi "Life and Death."

Dharma Talks from the Clouds in Water Zendo - What is Zen?; Remembering the Heart, Transforming Fear; The Call of the Whip-Or-Will.

The Future of the Zen Sangha in the West - Talk by Ishmael Ford, Sensei.

Impermanence - By Thich Nhat Hanh.

Love & Marriage: Zen Buddhist Reflections - A dharma talk on Buddhist marriage, by James Ishmael Ford, Sensei.

On the Heart Sutra - A talk by Sojun Mel Weitsman, Abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center.

Talks by Nomon Tim Burnett - Tim Burnett has been a student of Zoketsu Norman Fischer since 1987 when he was a resident at San Francisco Zen Center's Green Gulch Farm.

Talks by Zoketsu Norman Fischer - Zoketsu Norman Fischer teaches at the Everyday Zen Foundation.

Teachings of Chan Patriarch Hsuan Hua - Talks and commentaries on sutras.

Venerable Master Kyung-Ho's Inspirational Talk - Master Kyung-Ho (1849-1912 CE) is considered one of the most significant Korean Son teachers of the modern era.

The Way of Zazen, by Shodo Harada Roshi - "If you then continue to practice zazen day after day, kensho will be realized as certainly as you hit the ground when you strike at it. Put everything you have into it."

WZEN.org - The audio streaming site of Dharma Communications, is an original webcast of talks by teachers of the Mountains and Rivers Order.

The Zen Project - Large collection of Zen talks by various Zen teachers.

Publications and Journals

Mountain Record Online Journal  - World-Wide Web version of portions of the quarterly journal published by Dharma Communications. It is also a record of the sayings and doings of the Mountains and Rivers Order and its mainhouse, Zen Mountain Monastery.

Tricycle Buddhist Review  - Articles and columns about American Zen and other Buddhist teachers, organizations, books and other events, including Thich Nhat Hanh, Robert Aitken and Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.

Cyber Tree Zen - A free monthly E-zine with Zen Buddhist articles.

Hundred Mountain - An offbeat, Buddhist-oriented journal of the spirit open to anyone interested in fitting spiritual practice into busy, contemporary life. Articles, interviews, humor, and reviews.

Kaihan Zen Magazine - Internet Zen magazine.

Turning Wheel Magazine - Quarterly journal published by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Edited by writer/activist Susan Moon (author of The Life and Letters of Tofu Roshi).

Zen Help - An online Zen magazine published occasionally.

Zen Unbound eMagazine - A feisty Buddhist eMagazine that features investigative serials and reviews of Buddhism-related books, movies and web sites.

What Is Zen

Frequently Asked Questions from alt.zen

The Kyosaku Explained - The Kyosaku is a blow on the shoulder with the light stick carried by a Zen priest during meditation.

Lecture On Zen - by Alan Watts

180 Questions and Answers about Zen from Master Deshimaru - On questions regarding the middle way, ego, karma, illusions, attachement, helping others, good and evil, death, modern civilization, everyday life, Christianity, consciousness, impermanence, here and now, satori, practice, zazen, posture, and tradition.

What is Zen? - A Brief Explanation by Eido Tai Shimano Roshi Abbot of The Zen Studies Society

Wikipedia: Seon - Extensively cross-indexed article on the Korean form of Zen.

Zen -- Excerpt from The Tao of Physics - "Zen is a unique blend of the philosophies and idiosyncrasies of three different cultures. It is a way of life which is typically Japanese, and yet it reflects the mysticism of India, the Taoists' love of naturalness and spontaneity and the thorough pragmatism of the Confucian mind."

Zen Frequently Asked Questions - An introduction to Zen

Zen Guide - An attractively presented online introduction to Zen. Resource intensive; may crash your browser.

Zen and Other Religions

Confessions of a Zen Jew - The personal story of a Zen Jew.

Inter-Faith Zen Readings - Provided by Sweetwater Zen Center, which houses an interfaith Zen practice.

Zen Judiasm - Zen teachings and humorous haikus, combining ancient Eastern wisdom with timeless Jewish noodging.

Suggestions for Further Reading

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