Mount Baldy Zen Center

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Mount Baldy Zen Center
Mount Baldy Zen Center Mounatin View.jpg
Denomination Rinzai
Founded 1971
Founder(s) Kyozan Joshu Sasaki
Rōshi(s) Kyozan Joshu Sasaki
Address P.O. Box 429 Mount Baldy, CA 91759
Country United States

Mount Baldy Zen Center (MBZC) is a Rinzai Zen monastery of the Nyorai-nyokyo sect, located in the San Gabriel Mountains of the Angeles National Forest region on 4.5 acres (18,000 m2) and founded in 1971 by Kyozan Joshu Sasaki. The monastery — once a Boy Scout camp — became famous when musician Leonard Cohen joined the community in 1994. The monastery serves as residence for Sasaki, and is the training center for monastics in his lineage. Other centers in Sasaki's network, including Rinzai-ji, offer the opportunity to practice Zen to laypeople in the lineage. Sasaki—now 107 years old—has yet to name a successor for himself, and as such retains full control of Mt. Baldy and ordinations in his lineage.[1][2]


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  1. ^ Kelly, 56
  2. ^ Bailer, et al.


Coordinates: 34°15′01″N 117°38′19″W / 34.250247°N 117.638583°W / 34.250247; -117.638583