is the Founder and Spiritual Director of The Zen Society,
and Abbott of Jizo-an Monastery. After a series of
personal transformative insights during the early years of
his life, Seijaku began teaching publicly in 1975 at the
request of his friends and students. Ten years later he
founded The Zen Society, a nonprofit organization (501c3 New
"The meaning we search
for in life, is in its essence - living your life at the
level of excellence and full self-expression is the very
essence of all life forms. The purpose of your your life is
clear, to live it at the level of excellence and full
self-expression and as a benefit for others. This is
Nirvana, this is Enlightenment.
My work has been to
help whomever I can, to realize the utmost importance of
living their life, not mine or anyone else's, in the very
brief time we are all given to do so. Why is this the
"utmost importance"? A tree helps us breathe, helps us stay
warm and dry, helps cook our food, provides us with playful
and romantic opportunities, dreams and so much more, because
it lives its life as a 'tree'. It has no desire to be
anything other than a tree. It lives until it dies, and when
it dies, what a terrible thing for the rest of us."
Roshi is author of the
book, "Kokoro - The Heart Within" - Zen Beyond Buddhism.
Available in bookstore everywhere and on the internet as an
e-book at Amazon.com, and regularly a guest speaker for
Churches, Synagogues, Academic Institutions, and other
Non-Profits. He is also the creator and founder of
"Pathway to Freedom", a powerful two day event designed to
help the individual re-discover themselves and the meaning
for their lives.
With a mastery born of more than 35 years of teaching,
Seijaku Roshi is one of today's most preeminent spiritual
teachers and pioneers in the field of human potential and
authentic spirituality for the 21st Century.
* Teaching "The Dharma Beyond Buddhism",
Seijaku Roshi claims to hold no particular lineage and
shares no formal affiliation with other Zen groups,
denominations, or any hierarchy of Dharma Successors.
Mutsumiko Mary Schlembach, has been a member of The Zen
Society since 1992, and was ordained by Seijaku Roshi in
1999. She has served in various principal positions
over the years including, Attendant to The Roshi (Inji),
Student Guardian (Jisha), and presently as President of the
Board of Trustees.
one of the principal founders of Jizo-an Monastery in
Cinnaminson, NJ and later Pine Wind Zen Center in Shamong
Rev. Emyo Richard Bizub, has been a member of
The Zen Society since 2006, and was ordained by Seijaku
Roshi in 2011. He serves as Training Master
(Tanto), and teaches regular meditation classes and
Emyo is also the Director
for Water Programs for the Pinelands Preservation
Alliance in New Jersey.
Chikyo David Sides,
has been a member of The Zen Society since 2007. He
received the Brown Robe in 2008 and has served as Zomu and
the Jiki Jitsu.
He presently is a member of
the Board of Trustees.