Daishu-in West is a small Buddhist temple belonging to the Myoshin-ji sect of the Rinzai lineage of Zen Buddhism. The temple was founded in 1994 by Soko Morinaga Roshi, the abbot of Daishu-in in Kyoto, Japan.
Two of his disciples, Shaku Daijo, who was ordained as a Zen monk in 1979, and Ursula Jarand, a long-term practitioner under the Roshi, came to Humboldt County to build the temple and to lead the practice at Daishu-in West. Ursula Jarand, as Morinaga Roshi's disciple is the only authorized Transmission Holder in a lineage that includes Zuigan Goto Roshi and Shaku Soen Roshi.
With the leadership of Karl Bareis as head carpenter, The Dharma Hall (Hondo) was completed in 1996 and the Meditation Hall (Zendo) in 2002.
Shaku Daiko came to Daishu-in West in 2007 and was ordained in Kyoto the next spring. After training at Daitoku-ji monastary and the unexpected death of Daijo-Osho on April 8th, 2017 he was installed as the 2nd abbot of Daishu-in West.