Albuquerque Zen Center
The Albuquerque Zen Center offers daily practice and study opportunities to anyone interested in exploring Rinzai Zen Buddhism. It is an urban practice center, with a diverse lay sangha (community) drawn from many walks of life.
AZC was founded as a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation in 1989, when Kogan Seiju Bob Mammoser, Osho, was invited to move to Albuquerque by a group of people who had been sitting together informally for a number of years. The Zen center originally occupied a small rental building on Madeira Street in southeast Albuquerque, where Kyozan Joshu Sasaki, Roshi, officially christened it Kozen-ji (Raising Up Zen Temple) on Nov. 11, 1989.
As the sangha grew, the need for new, permanent quarters became apparent. A major fundraising effort allowed for the purchase of an empty lot on Garfield Street a few blocks south of the University of New Mexico campus. Meanwhile, local architects Claude and Donna Armstrong donated their time to design the new center and contractor Juan Levy made its construction a true labor of love.