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Wild Country Zen

Wild Country Zen

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 Interactive Blog and Recorded Dharma Talks/Discussions

About Wild Country Zen

Big, wide pic of sunset sky, full of clouds, with trees along the bottom edge and light streaming.

Meaning of the name "Wild Country Zen"

I think of "Wild" as the true, boundless, wordless state of nature; "Country" is meant to signify an open, healing spaciousness, a joyful "allowing" of our true buddha-nature to emerge; "Zen" is my Buddhist lineage, as I am a guiding teacher of meditation and dharma with the A-Town Sangha in Aromas, California, and sangha member of the Jikoji Zen Meditation Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I hope you enjoy the name "Wild Country Zen" as much as I do--it always makes me smile! Let's see how it manifests going forward. Come walk this path with us and see... -- Taizan Gendo

Pic portrait style of a smiling Taizan Gendo (Mark Adams) in full Zen priest robes.

Taizan Gendo (Mark Adams)

My own path in Zen began in earnest in 1989 with the winter residential practice (Ango) period at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center and my first teacher, Zoketsu Norman Fischer, who set me on a 30 year path. In 2009, I received the Jukai precepts and lay ordination, and was given the name "Taizan Gendo" (meaning "peaceful mountain, subtle way") from Eiko Carolyn Atkinson, a dharma heir of Kobun Chino Otagowa Roshi. In 2018 I was ordained a Zen priest in Kobun's Phoenix Cloud lineage by Jikoji Zen Meditation Center's guiding teacher, Shoho Michael Newhall. I have come to love this practice. I hope to be a skillful vehicle in sharing it with all sentient beings... 


Pic of the Aromas Water District conference room and a dozen meditators in a circle.


Please contact me at Taizangendo@gmail.com  with your email to receive updates when talks and scheduled events will be resumed. For nearly 2 years, we had been meeting Monday's at 7pm in the Aromas Water District Conference room at 388 Blohm Ave Aromas. With the shelter-in-place order, that has ended for the time being...but in the meantime, check out the recorded meditations, dharma talks, and discussions at:


CANCELLED: All IN-PERSON Meditation meetings are cancelled.

Due to coronavirus all IN-PERSON meditation meetings are cancelled indefinitely as of March 17, 2020

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