An Introduction to Zen and Zen Meditation

You are cordially invited to join us for a talk by Zen priest Daigaku Rummé, who practiced Zen at a Japanese monastery for many years, on Monday 29 January 2024 at Baan Aree, the beautiful location so generously made available to us by the Baan Aree foundation.

Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experienced meditators. We meet to support and encourage each other in our practice.

Baan Aree is a Thai Buddhist Center, please wear something that is comfortable to sit in, and avoid tight-fitting clothes, shorts, sleeveless tops, and short skirts. There may not be sufficient drinking water on site, therefore you may bring your own water in a closed container. No other food/drinks are allowed in the main room.

As is usual with Buddhist teachings, there is no charge for this event. However, the Little Bangkok Sangha follows the Buddhist custom of Dana (generosity). The teachings and the venue are offered as an act of generosity, and those receiving them can, if they wish, reciprocate by making donations. These go towards the teacher’s and venue’s costs. Boxes for Dana will be provided.

· 6:00 pm Baan Aree opens
· 6:30 pm Talk about Zen and Zen meditation
· 7:10 pm Q&A
. 7.20 pm How to do zazen and sitting together in zazen
· 7:50 pm Session ends
· 8:00 pm Baan Aree closes

Daigaku Rummé was born in Mason City, Iowa, USA, in 1950. He was ordained a Soto monk by Sekkei Harada Roshi in 1978. For more than 25 years, he practiced under Harada Roshi at Hosshinji Monastery in Fukui, Japan. In 2003, he moved to San Francisco to work on the staff of the Soto Zen Buddhism International Center.

In 2010, he became the Director of the Soto Zen Buddhism North America Office and the Head Priest of Zenshuji Soto Mission in Los Angeles. He relocated to St. Louis in 2015, where he is now the Resident Priest and Teacher at the Confluence Zen Center (

Daigaku Rummé has translated Zen texts from Japanese to English, including The Essence of Zen and, with Heiko Narrog, Unfathomable Depths, both by Harada Roshi. He has also translated, together with Ms. Keiko Ohmae, A Blueprint of Enlightenment: A Contemporary Commentary on Dogen Zenji’s “Guidelines for Studying the Way”, as well as The Formless Record of the Transmission of Illumination: A Contemporary Commentary on Keizan Zenji’s “Denkoroku” both by Gien Inoue Roshi. All these books are available through Amazon.