Vista Zen Center

Photo of Vista Zen Center Address:
246 Santa Clara Dr
Vista, CA 92083


Phone: (760) 724-9541

At the Vista Zen Center we follow two approaches to the study and practice of Zen. The goal for both approaches is to serve the students in integrating the way of Zen into all aspects of their lives.

One approach is called “Zendo Practice” which follows very closely the teaching Jiyu Sensei practiced under Taizan Maezumi Roshi and Nicolee Jikyo Roshi.

Sitting in zazen, working with the teacher, and working with the precepts within a community setting are the salient aspects of the “Zendo Practice”.

The second approach, “Genjo Practice” is concerned with a student’s engagements outside the traditional Zen setting. The students everyday lives become the focus of their Zen practice.

To facilitate “Genjo Practice” Jiyu Sensei encourages students to work with him focusing on a specific aspect of their lives. Often this will be something they love to do and will probably continue to do no matter what else is going on in their lives. For some students, this might be the time spent in working in a creative domain such as painting, poetry, or music. Or it might be home-schooling one’s children, taking care of the garden, or the livelihood that puts food on the table and a roof over their heads.

Affiliated Teachers:
Aishi Steve Sarian