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Finding Aid for the Zen Center of Los Angeles records, 1937-2012 LSC.2299
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The Zen Center of Los Angeles (ZCLA) was founded in 1967 by Taizan Maezumi. Associated with the Soto Zen sect, it provides Buddhist teaching and training to both lay people and monks. This collection spans 1937-2012 and primarily consists of teaching materials, which are both written materials and audio recordings. The collection also includes book manuscripts, Maezumi Roshi's notebooks and personal files, and ZCLA administrative records.
The Zen Center of Los Angeles (ZCLA) was founded in 1967 by Taizan Maezumi Roshi. Associated with the Soto Zen sect, ZCLA provides teaching and training to both lay people and monks. ZCLA provides classes, intensive meditation, Buddhist services, workshops, and opportunities for service. Maezumi Roshi was born in Japan on February 24, 191. His father was Soto priest and he was ordained as a novice monk in the Soto lineage at age eleven. He moved to the United States to serve as a priest at the Zenshuji in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Maezumi Roshi also founded the White Plum Asanga and the Yokoji Zen Mountain Center. He died unexpectedly while on a trip to Japan in 1995. As of 2017, the Center is under the direction of Roshi Wendy Egyoku Nakao.
64.2 Linear Feet (83 boxes, 5 cartons, 3 shoe boxes, 58 flat boxes, 2 oversize flat boxes, 1 phonograph box)
Property rights to the objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Portions of this collection are closed until the November 26, 2034 due to donor-imposed restrictions. Box 151 is unavailable for access.