Katagiri Roshi

Dainin Katagiri (1928–1990) was one of the prominent Zen masters who brought Soto Zen Buddhism from Japan to America in the twentieth century. He was known as Katagiri Roshi — the honorific term roshi denoting that he was a much respected senior Zen teacher. After teaching in California at San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center as assistant to Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Katagiri Roshi founded Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis and Hokyoji Zen monastery in rural Eitzen, Minnesota. Katagiri Roshi touched the hearts of people everywhere with his engaging manifestation of the Buddha way. Now his teaching lives on in recordings of his talks, books that have been developed from them, and generations of teachers who are following in his footsteps.

The Katagiri Project

Minnesota Zen Meditation Center’s Dainin Katagiri Archive Project is working to gather, digitize, and share the teachings and story of our founder. Collected on this website are audio and video recordings, photographs, and a biography written by project archivist Andrea Martin, as well as her blog. There is also information about Katagiri Roshi’s books, and a chart of priests in his lineage. If you have questions, comments, stories to share, or corrections to offer, you are welcome to contact us here.


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