About Sanbozen

“The fundamental position of the Sanbozen is
to stand at the origin point of Buddhism
through the Dharma gate of Dogen Zenji” 

from the Sanbozen website…


Sanbozen is a lay lineage of Zen practice founded in 1954 which combines its Soto heritage with a programme of Rinzai koan study (see here for history).  Its priority is the actual, direct experience of the True Self (kensho) – and its embodiment in daily life. This experience is not dependent on doctrine, ethnicity or religious background.

In 1970 the outstanding teacher Yamada Koun Roshi (1907-1989) became Abbot and in 1989 he was succeeded by Kubota Ji’un Roshi (1932- ). In 2004, Yamada Ryoun Roshi (1940 – ), the son of Yamada Koun Roshi, who started training with his father when he was 16, became the present Abbot. He is Zen Master of the San’un Zendo in Kamakura, Japan and also guides Zen practitioners in Tokyo. He holds an annual sesshin in North America and further weeks in other countries for the 60 authorized Sanbozen teachers and their senior students in Europe, North American, Australia and Asia. In 2015 he established Sanbozen International to strengthen this community and further spread the authentic practice of Zen.

The Sanbozen Code of Conduct can be found here.

(See ABOUT US for History of Oxford Zen Centre)