Kanzeon Zen Center

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Coordinates: 40°46′09″N 111°51′16″W / 40.76917°N 111.85444°W / 40.76917; -111.85444

Kanzeon Zen Center
Kanzeon Zen center exterior.jpg
AffiliationWhite Plum Asanga
Location1274 East South Temple Salt Lake City, UT 84102
CountryUnited States
FounderDennis Genpo Merzel
Honorary founder Taizan Maezumi
Kanzeon Sangha International

Kanzeon Zen Center was a Zen Buddhist center located in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was an affiliate of the White Plum Asanga, an association of Zen centers stemming from the tradition of Taizan Maezumi. The founder and Abbot of Kanzeon Zen Center was Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi, who resigned in 2011 amidst controversy. Kanzeon Zen Center was the home temple and the hub of Kanzeon Sangha International, founded by Genpo Roshi in 1984, with affiliate teachers, centers and groups in the USA and seven European countries. The center was housed at 1274 E. South Temple, a historic building listed as a contributing property in the South Temple Historic District. It closed in the wake of the sex scandals involving Merzel. News reports stated that the center was deeply financially in debt to Merzel.[1]


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