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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.


  • A Prayer for George Floyd. Find it here.
  • A Letter from Edward Regarding the Passing of our Dharma sister, Marie Dern. Marie passed away on May 21, 2020 and we will miss her deeply. You can read the letter here.
  • It has come to our attention that everyone involved in our 2018 Property Fund campaign may not have received our letter of January 25, 2019 discussing resolution of the fund drive. Please see Edward's letter regarding this here
  • Photos of the New Yoshin-ji Space in Fairfax, CA are available. Check them out here.
  • Spring Schedule at Nourish Heart Temple in Fairfax, CA Is Now Available. Including weekly sittings, half-day sittings, half-day sittings with Speaking Groups, and cooking classes. Check out the Calendar page for details.
  • Seeing Beyond Your Limitations--a retreat at The Land, Philo, CA. February 20 - 23. Details on the Calendar page
  • Teaching in Europe 2020 Events Announced. Details on the Calendar page
Edward Espe Brown

Edward Espe Brown

The Peaceful Sea Sangha is an officially registered California Religious Organization. This means that while it is not a 501(c)(3) organization, donations to the Peaceful Sea Sangha are considered tax deductible. Donations may be made on-line (through PayPal) or by mail to Peaceful Sea Sangha, 75 Sequoia Road, Fairfax, CA 94930. Official thank you letters are sent out in January of each year. Thank you for your support. Blessings.