Zen Koan Study In Santa Fe

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Roshi James Kando Green is an unlikely Zen teacher. His tight smile, conservative demeanor, and slight Georgia drawl contrast with preconceptions of a Zen priest. Yet, behind these superficial layers rests a disciplined practitioner with decades devoted to realizing the essential mind. After a long career in plastic surgery and the recent passing of his master, Musai Roshi, James is working to continue the tradition of Zen practice in Santa Fe.

Zen practice is not easy. It’s hard. Countless hours of mindful meditation (shikantaza), punctuated by cryptic, nearly unanswerable questions: What is the sound of one hand clapping? What do you call the world? Show me your face before you were born. Does a dog have the Buddha nature?

During private interviews with a Zen teacher of the Soto lineage, responding to Zen Koans is a keen method of training. The full course takes many years to complete. “Passing” a koan will typically take more than words. It requires a compelling embodiment of some fundamental reality.

With his own two hands, and the help of students and fellow practitioners, Kando Roshi built a charming Zendo in the backyard of his home in the foothills of Santa Fe. It offers Wednesday evening meditation practice, and Sunday Zen Services complete with private interviews, lecture, and of course, tea. If you are interested in Zen practice and Koan study, we invite you to reach out to Kando Roshi or visit Walking Mountain Zendo during a regular meeting time.

Roshi James Kando Green
(505) 690 6187

Wednesday Meditation Practice, 7–9pm
Walking Mountain Zendo: 2032 Calle Lejano, Santa Fe, NM

Sunday Service, 9–11am
Walking Mountain Zendo: 2032 Calle Lejano, Santa Fe, NM