Zen Center Philippines 

Our History

 Three Treasures Zen


Welcome to the homepage of the Zen Center for Oriental Spirituality in the Philippines, more commonly known as Zen Center Philippines or ZCP for short. The Center is a lay Zen sangha – a community of spiritual seekers practicing the way of Zen in order to realize wisdom, compassion and wholeness in our lives and in the larger context of society. Our Center provides a setting that enables our members to practice zazen (sitting meditation) and to sustain the Zen experience in daily life.

Our community took form in 1976 when Sr. Elaine MacInnes, OLM established the Manila San Un Zendo with the blessings of Yamada Koun Roshi of Sanbo Kyodan, Kamakura. In our early days, zazenkai (meditation session) was conducted on Sunday mornings in a temporary zendo (meditation hall) in the chapel of St. Bridget’s School at the Religious of the Good Shepherd (RGS) compound in Quezon City. In 1984, we were able to acquire a property in Provident Village, Marikina and this is where our main zendo, the Marikina San Un Zendo stands.

Our sangha belongs to the Sanbo Zen International (Three Treasures Zen) lineage of Kamakura, Japan. Sanbo Zen combines the best practices of the Soto (intensive zazen) and the Rinzai (koan practice) schools of Zen. The Sanbo Zen lineage (formerly known as the Sanbo Kyodan) was founded by Yasutani Haku’un Roshi on January 8, 1954. Unlike most other schools of Zen, Sanbo Zen International does not require its followers to embrace monastic life or to convert to Buddhism. Some of the Zen masters, associate Zen masters and Zen teachers are in fact Christian priests, pastors or nuns.

Zen Center Philippines is a non-stock, non-profit institution. It has two teachers accredited by Sanbo Zen International and is administered by a Board of Trustees. The Center also has affiliate sangha in Zamboanga, and is led by Sanbo Zen authorized teachers.

Word from the Abbot

Message of Yamada Ryoun Roshi, Abbot of Sanbo-Zen International about the Zen practice and Zen Center Philippines.

Our Teachers



”Kind/Tender Cloud”

2003 Zen Teacher
2014 Associate Zen Master



”Illuminating Light”

2005 Zen Teacher

Our Zendo

Marikina San Un Zendo

Due to several storms that have subjected the zendo in Marikina to major inundations, it is not being used as a venue for our practice for the meantime. Currently, we are holding our in-person Zazenkai (sitting meditation) every 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 9:00 am - 12:00 nn at the Heart of Mary Villa inside the Good Shepherd RGS compound in Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City.

ZCP also holds daily online meditation during mornings from 5:30 - 7:00 am and evenings at 6:00 pm or 7:30 pm, Mondays to Fridays. We post online links on Google Meet and Zoom to be able to sit with the Sangha. Please check our calendar of activities to be able to access the links and actual online sitting schedules.

Zazen Schedule: 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.

9AM to 12NN

Our current Zendo

Heart of Mary Villa 

Good Shepherd RGS compound  

1043 Aurora Blvd. Quezon City (beside Katipunan LRT Station)

Our Sangha 

Our community is composed of people from all walks of life bonded together by a common aspiration to experience Zen meditation as a daily practice and as a way of life. Regardless of one’s religion or personal beliefs, everyone is welcome to practice, just as they are. 

Sanbo Zen Sangha Worldwide

Sanbo Zen International Teacher's Conference (Kenshukai) in Tagaytay, Philippines, August 2017.

To know more about Sanbo Zen Sangha Worldwide