Guest Teacher

Sunday, August 6th 11 am – noon.
Sweetwater Zen Center is pleased to host guest speaker Jose Shinzan Palma, Sensei.

Sensei Shinzan will be giving a Dharma Talk as part of our Sunday Program, beginning at 9:30 am with the Gate of Sweet Nectar chanting service, followed by zazen at 9:50 am and the Dharma talk at 11: am.  Please join us for any or all of our Sunday Program.


Jose Shinzan Palma, Sensei

Sensei Shinzan was born in Veracruz, Mexico, He is a zen priest and Dharma Successor of Roshi Joan Halifax. He has been practicing Zen since 1996. In Mexico City, he met Korean Zen Teacher, Ven. Samu Sunim.  Shinzan trained in the Buddhist Maitreya Seminar under Samu Sunim as he lived in the Toronto Zen Buddhist Temple for 4 years. He was ordained in 2004 as a Zen Buddhist Priest.

Shinzan arrived at Upaya Zen Center in 2006 and became a resident and student of Roshi Joan Halifax. He lived there and trained for over 8 years. He received the Dharma transmission on Jan 2015 from Roshi Joan Halifax. He has taught zazenkais and Sesshins at Upaya and co-teaches teen retreats in the USA.

Shinzan left the residency of Upaya to return to Mexico and start a community spreading the Dharma in Mexico.His vision is to create a Zen Hispanic community in the USA and Mexico.