Our Spiritual Heritage

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.