Ocean Moon Sangha is a Zen Buddhist meditation group in Santa Monica. It was founded 17 years ago by a Soto Zen teacher, Sensei John Daishin Buksbazen. Sensei Daishin studied with Taizan Maezumi Roshi. He became a successor of Roshi Wendy Egyoku Nakao.
Sensei Daishin retired in 2015.
Our current teacher, Mico Ryutaku Olmos Sensei received transmission in the Rinzai Mushroom Monk lineage of Soen Nakagawa Rōshi through Lou Mitsunen Nordstrom Rōshi.
You can learn more about the lineage of our teacher and current practice at Ocean Moon Sangha by going to the "About Us" page or use the button below.
Sangha means “community”. Ocean Moon Sangha gives Zen practitioners from Santa Monica, Venice, Mar Vista, and West Los Angeles an opportunity to sit zazen together every week.
The regular Wednesday program is held between 7 and 8:30 PM. We offer Zen meditation instruction every week before the regular periods of meditation. Use the button below to see the weekly meditation schedule.
Ryutaku Sensei gives talks about aspects of Zen Buddhism. Anyone interested in learning more about Zen is welcome to attend. Use the button below for the schedule of upcoming talks.
Ocean Moon Sangha meetings are open to people from other traditions if their type of silent meditation fits within the Zen practice of zazen or just sitting.
We meet Wednesday evenings at:
Hill Street Center
237 Hill Street
Santa Monica, CA
There is free parking in the lot beside the building. No permit is required to park in the lot.
We can be reached by email.
Drop us a line with any questions.
(Ocean Moon Sangha does not have a mailing address at this time, so please use email to contact us.)
Or better yet, just drop in on Wednesday evening to sit with us!