Who We Are

We are a small, lay-oriented sangha practicing on the North Coast of California in Humboldt County.

We practice within the Soto Zen tradition of Eihei Dogen Zenji (1200-1253) and Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (1904-1971), founder of the San Francisco Zen Center. Our temple, Rin Shin-ji (Forest Heart Temple), was founded by Seisho Maylie Scott in 1999. Maylie came to Arcata from Berkeley Zen Center, where she trained for many years and received Dharma transmission from Sojun Mel Weitsman, an eminent disciple of Suzuki Roshi. After Maylie's death in 2001, Hozan Alan Senauke (a dharma brother of Maylie) and Enji Angie Boissevain (a disciple of Kobun Chino Roshi) served for many years as visiting teachers and advisors. Zenki Mary Mocine and Tokuden Mark Lancaster have also been important teachers for our sangha. In 2014 Fugan Eugene Bush became our Head Teacher. He is a dharma heir of Sobun Katherine Thanas in the Suzuki Roshi lineage.