Zen in America Documentary

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An upcoming multi-part documentary series exploring the history and practices of Zen Buddhism in North America. The film is currently in production until 2016. 

This important series introduces viewers to some of the early North American pioneers of Zen Buddhism. By interviewing teachers, students, academics, family members and friends, I am fleshing out our founding teachers and our history.


I need your support today. By pre-ordering a copy of Zen in America you'll help ensure that the film will and can remain in production. Your money will help me fill up gas tanks, buy plane tickets and food. If you cannot pre-order a copy, you can also enter any amount of your choosing to back the film.


Thank you for your investment of faith in me. If you are unable to give today, you can also help the project by sharing this link to your wall:  http://www.gofundme.com/zen-in-america

In gassho,

Adam Ko Shin Tebbe
Filmmaker, Zen in America
Senior Editor, Sweeping Zen

ZEN IN AMERICA STILLS

Zoketsu Norman Fischer,
Everyday Zen Foundation
San Francisco, CA

Joan Halifax, Upaya Zen Center
Santa Fe, NM


Hozan Alan Senauke, Berkeley Zen Center
Berkeley, CA
Shohaku Okumura, Sanshin Zen Community
Bloomington, IN

Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan, Green Gulch Farm
Muir Beach, CA


Hakuryu Ian Forsberg, Hokoji
Taos, NM

Rinso Ed Sattizahn, Abiding Abbot of San Francisco Zen Center
San Francisco, CA


Keido Les Kaye, Kannon Do Zen Meditation Center
Mountain View, CA

Myoan Grace Schireson, Central Valley Zen
North Fork, CA

Myo Denis Lahey, Hartford Street Zen Center
San Francisco, CA

Shodo Spring, Vairochana Farm
Faribault, MN

Dairyu Michael Wenger, Dragons Leap Zendo
San Francisco, CA
Henry Ryu'un-Ken Shukman, Mountain Cloud Zen Center
Santa Fe, NM

Curtis Fabens, San Francisco Zen Center
San Francisco, CA


Bon Soeng Jeff Kitzes, Empty Gate Zen Center
Berkeley, CA

Furyu Nancy Schroeder, Abiding Abbess, Green Gulch Farm
Muir Beach, CA


Daigan Gaither, San Francisco Zen Center
San Francisco, CA

Steven Grant, Rockridge Meditation Group
Oakland, CA

Jisho Warner, Stone Creek Zen Center
Graton, CA

Mary Mocine, Clear Water Zen Center
Vallejo, CA

Algernon D'Ammassa, Deming Zen Center
Deming, NM

Michael LaTorra, Zen Center of Las Cruces
Las Cruces, NM

Shokan Jordan Thorn, San Francisco Zen Center
San Francisco, CA

Joe Galewsky & Titus O'Brien, Valley Dragon Zen Sangha
Albuquerque, NM

Zenshin Michael Haederle, Ex-Rinzaiji
Albuquerque, NM

Bobby Byrd, Both Sides No Sides Zen Community
El Paso, TX

Daiho Harvey Hilbert, Order of the Clear Mind
Las Cruces, NM

Mitra Bishop, Sanmonji
Ojo Sarco, NM

Sydney Musai Walter, Prajna Zendo
Lamey, NM

Joshin Brian Byrnes, Upaya Zen Center
Santa Fe, NM

Jack Richard Smith, Contemporary Realist Painter
Taos, NM

Daishin Brighton, Prajna Zendo
Lamey, NM

Laurie Senauke, Berkeley Zen Center
Berkeley, CA


Norm Gustafson, Zen Center of Fresno
Fresno, CA

Zenshin Tim Buckley (RIP), Great River Zendo
West Bath, ME

Chris Fortin, Lotus Sangha
Sebastopol, CA

Giko David Rubin, Former Joshu Sasaki Translator
New Mexico

Myo On Susan Linnell, Albuquerque Zero Zen Center
Albuquerque, NM

James Kando Green, Walking Mountain Sangha
Santa Fe, NM

Daniel Terragno, Rocks and Clouds Zendo
Sebastopol, CA

Kazan Wil Gillespie, Udumbara Zen Center
Evanston, IL

Soshin Bruce Jewell, Zen Center of Fresno
Fresno, CA

Peter Seishin Wohl, Treetop Zen Center
Oakland, ME


Peter Joryu Harris, Treetop Zen Center
Oakland, ME

Jules Shuzen Harris, Soji Zen Center
Lansdowne, PA

Josh Mu'nen Bartok, Greater Boston Zen Center
Cambridge, MA

Seiso Paul Cooper, Two Rivers Zen Community
Honesdale, PA

Kagayaki Karen Morris, Two Rivers Zen Community
Honesdale, PA

Myozen Joan Amaral, Marblehead Zen Center
Beverly, MA


Leslie James, Tassajara
Carmel Valley, CA


Bodhin Kjolhede, Rochester Zen Center & Chapin Mill Retreat Center
Rochester, NY

Ze Sho Susan O'Connell, San Francisco Zen Center
San Francisco, CA


Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat, Dai Bosatsu
Catskills, NY


Rafe Martin, Endless Path Zendo
Rochester, NY

Rose Martin, Endless Path Zendo
Rochester, NY

Zenshin Greg Fain, TassajaraCarmel Valley, CA

Linda Galijan, Tassajara
Carmel Valley, CA

Shundo David Haye, Tassajara
Carmel Valley, CA

Jisho Lisa Hoffman, Women's Heart Mindfulness Group
San Francisco, CA

Shosan Victoria Austin, San Francisco Zen Center
San Francisco, CA

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I'm starting work on the most important part of my film, which is what this practice is and has done for those who have taken it up as their practice. Realistically the overall series Zen in America will take a few more years than originally planned but, in the interim, I will be working on this. It's where I have the most abundance of material and it's also the part that I think will have the greatest impact on audiences. It'll be heartfelt because the people I've interviewed were heartfelt people. Buddhists will find it interesting but, ultimately, I think it will be people who are just searching for something that will get the most out of it.

The other segments to Zen in America will mostly be historical and an exploration of common issues.
I appreciate everyone's understanding regarding my juggling this project and Sweeping Zen. Thank you. If you'd like to support the film still, please consider making a financial contribution today.
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Keido Les Kaye of Kannon Do Zen Meditation Center talks about shikantaza.
Keido Les Kaye, Kannon Do
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Zenshin Greg Fain, Tanto at Tassajara, discusses the topic of doubt in his practice. Video.
Zenshin Greg Fain, Tassajara
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Robyn Beckman
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Sending hope, love and light to the team making this film. I hope to see the film in its full glory. May you be well.

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Keep on grinding!

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