Tassajara

Carmel Valley
United States

The Tassajara Zen Center is a monastery and retreat center. It is one of the three practice centres that make up the San Fransisco Zen Center. The center is ocated in the Ventana Wilderness area of the Los Padres National Forest, southeast of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, is the oldest Japanese Buddhist Sōtō Zen monastery in the United States. It is not easily accessible and only open to visitors during the summer. The rest of the year students practice for 90 day periods.

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About the Place

and its People

The Tassajara Zen Center is a monastery and retreat center. It is one of the three practice centres that make up the San Fransisco Zen Center. The center is ocated in the Ventana Wilderness area of the Los Padres National Forest, southeast of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, is the oldest Japanese Buddhist Sōtō Zen monastery in the United States. It is not easily accessible and only open to visitors during the summer. The rest of the year students practice for 90 day periods.

The 126-acre mountain property surrounding the Tassajara Hot Springs was purchased by the San Francisco Zen Center in 1967 from Robert and Anna Beck. When it was purchased it was the first Zen monastery outside Asia. The name is a corruption of Tasajera, a Spanish-American word derived from an indigenous Esselen word, which means ‘place where meat is hung to dry. The Center is very isolated, more than 16 miles (26 km) from the nearest paved road, and only accessible via a narrow, steep, one-lane dirt road. During the winter months, practitioners live alone on site. During the summer months (tourist season), the Center is opened to day and overnight guests. The hot springs on the property have been developed into Japanese-style baths.

Soto Zen

the Path

Sōtō Zen Buddhism is a Japanese school of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition that emphasizes seated meditation and non-conceptual thinking. Popularized by Dogen in the 11th Century, the Soto Zen tradition has since grown to attract people practitioners from across the world. Today, Soto Zen represents one of the largest unified Buddhist sect, with over 14,000 temples worldwide. In the US, Sōtō meditation centers can be found in most major metropolitan areas.

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the Place

and its People

The 126-acre mountain property surrounding the Tassajara Hot Springs was purchased by the San Francisco Zen Center in 1967 from Robert and Anna Beck. When it was purchased it was the first Zen monastery outside Asia. The name is a corruption of Tasajera, a Spanish-American word derived from an indigenous Esselen word, which means ‘place where meat is hung to dry. The Center is very isolated, more than 16 miles (26 km) from the nearest paved road, and only accessible via a narrow, steep, one-lane dirt road. During the winter months, practitioners live alone on site. During the summer months (tourist season), the Center is opened to day and overnight guests. The hot springs on the property have been developed into Japanese-style baths.

Soto Zen

the Path

Sōtō Zen Buddhism is a Japanese school of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition that emphasizes seated meditation and non-conceptual thinking. Popularized by Dogen in the 11th Century, the Soto Zen tradition has since grown to attract people practitioners from across the world. Today, Soto Zen represents one of the largest unified Buddhist sect, with over 14,000 temples worldwide. In the US, Sōtō meditation centers can be found in most major metropolitan areas.

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the Place

and its People

The 126-acre mountain property surrounding the Tassajara Hot Springs was purchased by the San Francisco Zen Center in 1967 from Robert and Anna Beck. When it was purchased it was the first Zen monastery outside Asia. The name is a corruption of Tasajera, a Spanish-American word derived from an indigenous Esselen word, which means ‘place where meat is hung to dry. The Center is very isolated, more than 16 miles (26 km) from the nearest paved road, and only accessible via a narrow, steep, one-lane dirt road. During the winter months, practitioners live alone on site. During the summer months (tourist season), the Center is opened to day and overnight guests. The hot springs on the property have been developed into Japanese-style baths.

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San Francisco Zen Center

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This is the description of the San Francisco zen center organization. San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC), is a network of affiliated Sōtō Zen practice and retreat centers in the San Francisco Bay area, comprising City Center or Beginner's Mind Temple, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, and Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. The sangha was incorporated by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and a group of his American students in 1962. Today SFZC is the largest Sōtō organization in the West.

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Details

sfzc.orgccoffice@sfzc.org+1 831-659-2229
39171 Tassajara Rd
Carmel Valley
CA 93924
United States
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Tassajara

Carmel Valley
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United States

The Tassajara Zen Center is a monastery and retreat center. It is one of the three practice centres that make up the San Fransisco Zen Center. The center is ocated in the Ventana Wilderness area of the Los Padres National Forest, southeast of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, is the oldest Japanese Buddhist Sōtō Zen monastery in the United States. It is not easily accessible and only open to visitors during the summer. The rest of the year students practice for 90 day periods.

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