The New Orleans Zen Temple is dedicated to the practice of zazen (Zen meditation) in the Soto tradition of Taisen Deshimaru and Kodo Sawaki. Founded by Robert Livingston Roshi in 1983, the temple opened in its current location in 1991, at 748 Camp Street, the former location of Cosimo Matassa’s Jazz City recording studio.

An introduction to Zen practice is offered on a regular basis for those who have not attended the New Orleans Zen Temple before. It is also useful for experienced practitioners to brush up the basics and to ask questions about Zen and Buddhism.

A one time donation of $30.00 provides you with the following: Instruction in Zen practice, Lunch at the conclusion of the instruction, One month as a guest member. Reservations are required 48 hours in advance of the introduction. Payment is preferred in advance but can be made on the morning of the introduction with permission. Everyone is welcome and all levels of practice can be accommodated. Please arrive by 8:00 am on the day of the introduction and plan to stay through lunch, which will end around 1:00 pm. Please contact us for the next introduction dates or other information.


Founded by Robert Livingston Roshi in 1983, the Temple opened in its current location at 748 Camp Street, in 1991. Upon his retirement in January 2016, Livingston Roshi took on Abbot Emeritus status, passing the kotsu of leadership to his successor as abbot, Richard Collins Roshi.

A Non-Profit Organization

The New Orleans Zen Temple is overseen by the American Zen Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit religious organization eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable donations. AZA is overseen by board of directors for the purposes of conducting organizational business. The board holds periodic meetings throughout the year, and any member of the AZA, which includes affiliates in California, Mississippi, and New York, is welcome to attend.

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