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Articles by Rev. Kojima

RO'RUI: A Melting Candle's Tears


Bishop Akiba’s talks on Fukanzazengi at a monastery in France 2008

Fukanzazengi 1

Fukanzazengi 2

Fukanzazengi 3


Sara’s Blog - Adventures of a Reluctant Nomad

Her experiences in Jordan, Uganda, etc.





Soto Zen Net

Soto Zen Temples


Soto Mission of San Francisco, Sokoji

Tassajara Zen Mountain Center (Zenshinji)

Zen Center of Los Angeles

Yokoji Zen Mountain Center

Mt. Baldy Zen Center


Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

Japanese American National Museum

Little Tokyo Business Association



Zen Buddhism


Basic Buddhist Concepts

Kogen Mizuno (Author)


What the Buddha Taught

Walpola Rahula (Author)


Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (Shambhala Library)

Shunryu Suzuki (Author)


Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen

Eihei Dogen (Author), Kazuaki Tanahashi (Editor)




Beyond Thinking: A Guide to Zen Meditation

Eihei Dogen (Author)


Zen Meditation in Plain English

John Daishin Buksbazen (Author), Peter Matthiessen (Author)


Japanese Language


Remembering the Kana: A Guide to Reading and Writing the Japanese Syllabaries in 3 Hours Each

James W. Heisig (Author), Helmut Morsbach (Author), Kazue Kurebayashi (Author)


Remembering the Kanji: A Complete Course on How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Japanese Characters

James W. Heisig


Let's Learn Hiragana: First Book of Basic Japanese Writing (Kodansha's Children's Classics)

Yasuko Kosaka Mitamura (Author)


Let's Learn Katakana: Second Book of Basic Japanese Writing

Yasuko Kosaka Mitamura (Author)


Japanese I - 3rd Ed.: Learn to Speak and Understand Japanese with Pimsleur Language Programs (Audio CD)

Pimsleur (Author)


Japanese Culture


Chado: The Japanese Way of Tea

by Sioshitsu Sen (Author)


Illustrated Festivals of Japan (Japan in Your Pocket Series, Vol 4)

Japan Travel Bureau (Author)


Children’s Literature


Zen Shorts (Caldecott Honor Book)

Jon J Muth (Illustrator)


Tea Ceremony: Asian arts & crafts for creative kids (Asian Arts & Crafts for Creative Kids Series)

Shozo Sato (Author), Alice Ogura Sato (Author), Masturah Jeffrey (Illustrator)


Ikebana: Asian Arts & Crafts for creative kids (Asian Arts & Crafts for Creative Kids Series)

Shozo Sato (Author), Alice Ogura Sato (Author)



Soto Zen Shumucho (administrative offices) made videos to show our activities in North America. The first one will show you the current stream of Soto Zen in North America, how the Zen is synchronizing in the daily life of the people who live there.

In the second one, almost 100 year-history in North America can be seen including Zenshuji. Soto Zen Buddhism was originally begun for Japanese immigrants. But now, there are so many Zen centers for the practitioners in North America.

The Advancement of Soto Zen

in North America

Soto Zen As a new style of living