Mt. Baldy Zen Center

Mt Baldy
United States

The Mt. Baldy Zen Center (MBZC) is a Rinzai Zen Monastery located near Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Mountains. Founded in 1971 by Kyozan Joshu Sasaki, the center has become a well-known retreat center for Buddhist Rinzai Zen. The monastery regularly offers various meditation retreats and introductory courses in Rinzai Zen. The center belongs to the Rinzai-ji lineage.

Tradition & Practice
Buddhism
Kind of Place
Monastery
Center

the Path

The path of this Place is Rinzai Zen. Learn more about Rinzai Zen by clicking on the field to the right.

the Practice

In this center, Rinzai Zen is practiced. Dates for the various offers can be found on the website.

  • Introductions to the Buddhist path of Rinzai Zen take place on Saturdays. These include a camp tour, lunch and meditation instruction.
  • Every Saturday there are online Zen meditations with chanting, zazen and a recorded teisho by Jōshū Sasaki Rōshi. Costs are $ 10 to $ 25 and the zoom link is on the MBZC website.
  • Zazenkai is a 1 to 3 day Zen retreat offered by the Zen center. It consists of sitting and walking meditation, silent meals, group discussions and Dharma talks held by monks.
  • Sesshin is a longer 5 to 7 day rinzai zen intensive. These are currently run by the monk Shunan Noritake Roshi.

the Organization

This place belongs to the Rinzai-Ji. Learn more about the organization and its other places by clicking on the field to the right.

the Place

The Mt. Baldy Zen Center (MBZC) is located in the San Gabriel Mountains on 4.5 acres. Several wooden and stone buildings are scattered throughout the beautiful valley. These can also be rented for events. Before Kyozan Joshu Sasaki founded the monastery in 1971, the site was a Boy Scout camp. Located at 2000 meters above sea level, the monastery offers deep snow in winter and desert climate in summer. The Zen Center became famous when Leonard Cohen joined the community in 1994.

the Lineage and History

This center belongs to the Rinzai-ji order and is one of many Zen centers of the lineage in Europe and the USA. The Organization was founded by Zen Monk Jōshū Sasaki Rōshi the lineage follows the Rinzai Zen tradition. He came from Japan in 1962, when a group of spiritual seekers in Los Angeles asked Myoshin-ji, Japan’s biggest Rinzai school, to send a meditation teacher. Today's centers of the organization include the Rinzai-Ji Zen Center in Los Angeles, the Mt.Baldy Zen Center (MBZC), and the Bodhi Mandy Zen Center in New Mexico.

Details

mbzc.orgoffice@mbzc.org+1 909-985-6410
7901 Mt Baldy Rd
Mt Baldy
CA 91759
United States
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The Mt. Baldy Zen Center (MBZC) is a Rinzai Zen Monastery located near Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Mountains. Founded in 1971 by Kyozan Joshu Sasaki, the center has become a well-known retreat center for Buddhist Rinzai Zen. The monastery regularly offers various meditation retreats and introductory courses in Rinzai Zen. The center belongs to the Rinzai-ji lineage.

Tradition & Practice
Buddhism
Rinzai Zen
Kind of Place
Monastery
Center