joshu sasaki roshi
ithaca zen center is a rural zen practice community located on 60 acres about 8 miles south of ithaca, new york. it serves as a residence for a small practice group and as a retreat facility for those wishing to do retreats and longer periods of practice.
the center has a daily zazen schedule and also offers zazen practice two evenings a week at cornell university along with occasional lectures and beginners� instruction.
the center originated in 1978 as beech hill pond meditation center, the resurrection of a defunct hippie community that was located miles beyond electric and telephone lines. the center moved to downtown ithaca in 1981, and then to its current location in 1987.
all practice sessions and retreats are open to the public. residence may be considered after practicing at the zen center for a period of time.
the purpose of the center is to provide an environment and practices where people can calm their minds and see more deeply into the nature of oneself and all things.
the abbot and founder of ithaca zen center is yoshin david radin. yoshin began zen practice in 1976 with joshu sasaki roshi, abbot of rinzai-ji, with his main centers being rinzai-ji in los angeles, ca (www.rinzaiji.org), mount baldy zen center in mount baldy, ca (www.mbzc.org), and jemez bodhi manda in jemez springs, nm (www.bmzc.org). yoshin was ordained a monk in 1983 and an osho (priest) in 1989.
in the summer the zen center serves as the home for body mind restoration retreats, an alternative healing program. (www.bodymindretreats.com). the center also serves as the home for the dervish retreat center, a sufi whirling and practice community (www.whirling-dervish.org). khadija radin, yoshin�s wife, leads both of these programs. khadija is also an ordained nun of joshu roshi.