The Zen Studies Society was established in 1956 to assist the Buddhist scholar D.T. Suzuki in his efforts to introduce Zen to the West. ZSS is one of the oldest organizations dedicated to the practice of Rinzai Zen in the United States.
We maintain two practice centers, Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji and New York Zendo Shobo-ji. Located in the Catskill Mountains, DBZ offers intensive retreats, Introduction To Zen weekends, and other events, as well as residential monastic training. New York Zendo resides on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and offers a weekly schedule of zazen and services, all-day sits, dharma talks and numerous other programs.
Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat Roshi, who received dharma transmission from founding Abbot Eido Tai Shimano in 1998, was installed as Abbot of the Zen Studies Society on January 1, 2011