Confluence Zen Center STL

A St. Louis based Zen community dedicated to zazen

Essence of Zen Study Group Starting 20 Apr

There is a new study group Daigaku will be leading from his teacher’s book The Essence of Zen. Because Sekkei Harada Roshi was Daigaku’s teacher, and because he translated the book, he has insights into it that one can get nowhere else. This is an ongoing series studying this important work.

Rev. Sekkei Harada was one of the great Zen masters of our time. He was
abbot of Hosshinji Monastery in Fukui, Japan for more than forty years. This
book is based on a collection of his teachings that were all given in the west.

The study group will be led by Rev. Daigaku Rummé, who was ordained by Harada Roshi in 1978 and who translated the book from Japanese to English. Rummé is the resident priest and teacher of Confluence Zen Center STL.

You can get a copy of the book from the Zen Center .

Suggested donation is $40 for non-members and $20 for members. You can call or email to reserve a seat or let someone know at the center. Number is 314.669.4465 and the email is

Survey for the 2023 Capital Campaign

With the coming of the New Year, there is the opportunity for new beginnings. Last year, we had a new beginning with our move to a new location for the Zen Center.

Confluence Zen Center will have a Capital Campaign this year to help pay down the mortgage.  This is to help with paying down the mortgage for the new house, but it can give us the opportunity to embark on new directions for the Center.

As we go forward with the campaign, we hope to gather information from you to spread the Dharma to our members, friends, and the larger community around all of us.

If you have an interest in CZC, be it a member or a friend, please take the time to fill out this survey.

We will be so grateful.