Zen Center is a non-profit
corporation and a Zen center in the Soto tradition. We
welcome anyone at all to join us for quiet sitting meditation in the
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We encourage you to support the Zen Center by
becoming a member with a $25 per month donation. Membership donations
make it possible for us to provide and maintain the Missouri Zen Center
building and grounds and community of practitioners through a daily
meditation schedule, library of over 1000 Buddhist books and videos,
classes on Buddhism taught by our Abbot Rev. Rosan Yoshida, monthly
retreats, Discussion fellowship, and gardening work, thereby creating
an excellent environment for cultivating our minds in the Awakened Way.
Members may borrow books and videos from the Zen Center library. You
may make your membership payment while at the Zen Center or mail it to
Please make your check out to: Missouri Zen Center
The Missouri Zen Center is a nonprofit
Donations may be tax-deductible; consult a tax advisor.
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Be sure to check out the history photo
wall in the Zen Center
library—it includes lots of familiar faces and the famous “ZEN” license
The Missouri Zen Center (MZC) was founded in 1980
by Dr. Rosan
Yoshida to foster the study and practice of the teachings of Zen
Buddhism. It has provided the opportunity for Zen practice in the St.
Louis area continuously since that time. The MZC sangha (community) has
grown steadily over the years. Today the Zen Center offers daily zazen
practice, classes for both beginners and advanced students, periodic
sesshin retreats, and a library of books on Zen and Buddhism.
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Dr. Yoshida, founder of the Missouri Zen Center,
first became involved with Zen in a Zen meditation group, the Buddhist
Youth Association, under Koryu Osaka Roshi at Tokyo
University in 1970.
In 1971, while attending Columbia University
(M.phil. 1974, Ph.D. 1977), he joined the Zen Studies Society in New
York, participating in sesshins led by Eido Shimano Roshi.
In 1972, he joined the New York Zen Center,
practicing under Kando Nakajima Roshi.
In 1978, he joined the Nebraska Zen Center, participating
in sesshins led by Dainin Katagiri Roshi.
He founded the Missouri Zen Center in 1979 (which
became a Non-profit Organization in 1980).
In 1982, he was ordained as Rosan Daido by Dainin
Katagiri Roshi at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center
and registered at the Soto Headquarters.
He received formal Dharma transmission from
Katagiri Roshi in 1989.
in 1991, he trained for 6 months at Zuioji
Monastery under Ikko and Tsugen Narasaki Roshis and Koten Hayashi
Roshis. He finished Dharma combat and received Dharma transmission from
Tsugen Narasaki Roshi at his temple, Keijuji.
In 1994, he completed Zuise at Eiheji and Sojiji
with registration at the Soto School Headquarters as an ordained priest
and teacher qualified to transmit the Dharma overseas.
Besides leading the Zen Center, Dr. Yoshida was a
professor of comparative religion on the faculty of Toyo
University in Tokyo from 1992 to 2009.
He is also an active participant of the Parliament
of World Religions and its efforts to promote a new Universal
Global Ethic since the second Parliament in 1993, when it
issued the Declaration toward the Global Ethic. He also participates in
the Interfaith Gathering for Peace in St. Louis and is involved with
drafting the Common Appeal for Peace.
A scholar in ancient Eastern languages, Middleast
languages and cultures, he has translated many important texts
(Dogen’s Universal Recommendation for Right Zazen,
Sentsan’s Faith Mind Maxim, etc.) and written many
books (Awakened Way, Globa Ethic – For
the Future of Humankind, etc.) and articles (Paradigm Shift,
Ultimate Religion, etc.).
He has been active in carrying the message
regarding Buddhism, the global problematique, promotion of the global
ethic, Zen and Japanese culture to the community in general in a wide
variety of forums including unviersities, radio programs, community
organizations, churches, temples, synagogues, etc.
Following his participation in the Parliament of
the World’s Religions in South Africa, Rosan spent some time in Germany
to pursue further the Global Ethic at the Global Ethic Foundation directed
by Dr. Hans Küng, the original exponent and the drafter of the Declaration toward
the Global Ethic.
Together with Hiroshi Kubota, he has translated
Hans Kúng’s work, Spurensuche, Die Weltreligionen auf dem Weg (Paths of
World’s Religions—In pursuit of peace). (Translation of Hans Kueng, )
The World Sacred Books Publishing Association, Tokyo: June 30, 2001
He is active in the area of Zen Center’s three
pillars: Awakened Way, Global Ethic and Voluntary Simplicity,
participating in the Buddhist Council of Greater St. Louis, working as
a kokusai-fukyoshi (international propagator) of Soto School of Zen,
participating in the Global System Ethic Association, running websites,
listservs in these areas ( http://global-ethics.org, http://www.jasgse.com/,