Mount Baldy Zen Center

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Mount Baldy Zen Center
Mount Baldy Zen Center Mounatin View.jpg
Basic information
Location P.O. Box 429 Mount Baldy, CA 91759
Affiliation Rinzai
Country United States
Architectural description
Founder Kyozan Joshu Sasaki
Completed 1971

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 served 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 died in 2014 at the age of 107.[1]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Joshu Sasaki, 107, Tainted Zen Master". The New York Times. 4 Aug 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 


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