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The Peaceful Sea Sangha is led by Edward Espe Brown, a Soto Zen Buddhist priest.  Edward was ordained in 1971 by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, who gave him the Dharma name Jusan Kainei, which means "Longevity Mountain, Peaceful Sea." 

Edward has been practicing Zen since 1965 and also has done extensive vipassana practice, yoga, and chi gung.  He leads regular sitting groups and meditation retreats in Northern California and offers workshops in the U.S. and internationally on a variety of subjects, including cooking, handwriting change, and Mindfulness Touch.  Edward is an accomplished chef, who helped found Greens Restaurant in San Francisco and worked with Deborah Madison in writing The Greens Cookbook.  Edward's other books include The Tassajara Bread Book, Tassajara Cooking, The Tassajara Recipe Book, and Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings.  He also edited Not Always So, a collection of Suzuki Roshi's lectures.  In 2007, Edward was the subject of a critically acclaimed feature-length documentary film entitled How to Cook Your Life, directed by Doris Dörrie.


  • Calendar Update.  New events in Seattle, Washington, November 19 - 22.  See the Calendar page for details.
  • New Audio Dharma.  Lectures from Spirit Rock (August 24, 2015), Daijin Kokuji, Toledo, Ohio (August 15, 2015), Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, Cambridge, MA (April 2, 2014), and Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group (January 5, 2015) now available on the Audio page.
  • Temple Dedication and Mountain Seat Ceremony.  On January 1, 2014, the Peaceful Sea Sangha and friends joyfully celebrated the dedication of Yoshinji, Nourish Heart Zen Temple and the Mountain Seat Ceremony for Edward.  A slide show of photos by Barbara Wenger is available on the Photos & Video page.
  • Edward has a new book out from Missing Links Press. By All Means: A Zen Cautionary Tale includes illustrations by Margot Koch.  Details and a link to the publisher's flyer are on the How to Cook Your Life page. A review is now available on the San Francisco Zen Center blog.  You can order it from the Marketplace page or ask for it in your local bookstore.
  • Donate via PayPal. You can use a credit card to make a tax deductible donation to Peaceful Sea Sangha on the Audio Dharma page. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Edward Espe Brown

Edward Espe Brown