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.
Under the leadership of Karl Bareis as head carpenter and the support of the Sangha in America and Japan, The Dharma Hall (Hondo) was completed in 1996. Construction of the Meditation Hall (Zendo) was begun in May 2001 and completed early 2002.
Shaku Koju came to Daishu-in West in 2007 and was ordained in Kyoto the following spring. After training at Daitoku-ji monastery and the unexpected death of Daijo Osho on April 8th 2018, Koju was installed as the second abbot of Daishu-in West.