KMM profile

I’m a wife and mother as well as a Zen Buddhist priest at the Hazy Moon Zen Center in Los Angeles. I lead the Dewdrop Sangha practice community in retreats around the country. With the arrival of COVID-19, our retreats have moved online.

I’ve authored several books about spirituality in everyday life:  Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden (New World Library, May 2014),  Hand Wash Cold: Care Instructions for an Ordinary Life (New World Library, 2010) and Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood (Shambhala, 2006).

My middle name is pronounced “May-zen” and it is my dharma name, or Buddhist name.

My husband, daughter and I live in Sierra Madre, California, where we have a century-old Japanese garden in our backyard.

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Author photo by Stacy de la Rosa.