We are a Soto Zen Community founded by Oryu Paul Stuetzer and Yo Kai Stephen Casey who came from the Green Gulch Community of the San Francisco Zen Center in 1993. The initial concept was to form a lay meditation group of Zen practitioners following the teachings of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.
As the membership grew and the practice became more formalized, it was decided by the Sangha to incorporate SCZC as a non-profit organization. The purpose is religious practice, teaching of the Dharma, and beneficence to all beings.
Sensei Edward E. Brown from San Francisco Zen Center served as the initial teacher for the community and later Sensei Barbara Kohn of the Austin Zen Center took over the teaching leadership. Recently, the Sangha decided to join with a sister community, Hokoji in Taos, New Mexico. Hokoji was founded by Kobun Chino Roshi who taught Soto Zen and was a close friend and colleague of Suzuki Roshi.
O-ryu Paul Stuetzer received dharma transmission in April 2017 and is serving as the Center’s Sensei.