Michele E. Martin founded the Jemez Bodhi Mandala in 1973 as a place for Buddhist practice and teaching, drawn by its natural hot springs and scenic location. Over the years, the spirit of her donation has grown into a quiet and reflective retreat, meditation, and teaching space. We are indebted to Michele’s vision, passion, and generosity, and for finding and helping acquire this site (and look forward to her occasional visit). We will continue to grow and develop from Michele’s original intention.
From its inception in 1973, with the founding by Michele E. Martin, the Bodhi Manda Zen Center has invited Zen Master Kyozan Joshu Sasaki to offer his unique teaching style and spiritual guidance in the Rinzai Zen Buddhist tradition. Joshu Sasaki Roshi came to the West in 1962 when a group of people in Los Angeles asked Myoshin-ji, Japan’s largest Rinzai school, to send a teacher. With interest in Buddhism growing in North America, a Zen community steadily flourished around him. A few years later the Rinzai-ji home temple was established, followed by training centers, and many affiliated Zen temples in the USA, Canada and Europe. Joshu Sasaki Roshi retired from teaching in January 2012, and the vitality of this lineage is carried forward today by authorized Zen teachers (oshos), monks and nuns, and numerous lay practitioners. Joshu Sasaki passed away July 27, 2014.