Our lineage

We are an affiliate of the Diamond Sangha, a lay sangha founded in Hawaii in 1959 by Robert and Anne Aitken. Aitken Roshi received dharma transmission from Yamada Koun Roshi in 1974 at Sanun Zendo in Kamakura, Japan, the headquarter temple of the Sanbo Kyodan.

The Diamond Sangha is an independent Zen lineage in the Harada-Yasutani tradition: a blending of the Rinzai and Soto schools of Zen. We trace our lineage back to Hakuin Ekaku, the 18th century reformer of the Rinzai sect, and Dogen Kigen, the 13th century founder of the Soto sect in Japan.

Our practice combines elements of both Soto and Rinzai Zen traditions.

Robert Aitken Roshi and Anne Aitken

Robert Aitken Roshi and Anne Aitken