4 Vows Sangha

4 Vows Sangha emerged from multiple sitting groups gathered in San Diego. This included friends of Sensei Shinzan and the Carlsbad Zen Community.
Thanks to the direction and generosity of Mark Koe Gunn, weekly sittings became available in his Carlsbad home in 2015. Later, Sensei Jose Shinzan Palma was invited to impart dharma teachings there. CZC later moved to Encinitas and became known as the sangha’s North County Group with its other half established in the South bay. Thus, 4 Vows Sangha came to be with the leadership and vision of Sensei Shinzan.  


OUR MISSION is to gather and practice zazen (Zen meditation) and develop Zen training. We practice to realize and embody what our Zen ancestors have done for centuries, to realize our Buddha nature, to awaken and to serve others.

OUR VISION is to keep the practice of Zen, to wake up and to embody the 4 All-Embracing Vows: Beings are numberless; I vow to Awaken them.

 Delusions are inexhaustible; I vow to transform them. 

Dharmas are boundless; I vow to comprehend them. 

The Awakened way is incomparable; I vow to embody it.

 Our Zen practice will manifest in our everyday life and through our relationships, cultivating a more harmonious world where we can live in a peaceful, just, equal, loving, and compassionate society.