Daishu-in West is a small Buddhist temple located on 40 acres near Benbow in Southern Humboldt County, California, approximately a four-hour drive north of San Francisco off Highway 101. A branch of the Myoshin-ji sect of Japanese Rinzai Zen Buddhism, the temple was founded in 1994 by the revered abbot of Daishu-in in Kyoto, Japan, Soko Morinaga Roshi.
Daishu-in West offers visitors a holistic approach to mindfulness with seated meditation, meals and work in a Rinzai Zen monastic structure. Tailored to both new and experienced practitioners, the temple presents visitors with an uncompromising meditation experience in an environment designed to help us realize our true nature.
Daishu-in West has a meditation hall (Zendo) and main hall (Hondo) built using traditional Japanese joinery, a traditional Japanese bath and well-maintained grounds.
Zazen is Monday through Saturday at 6 p.m. Sunday sitting is from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by a short talk and Japanese tea.