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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.


  • Fall 2019 Cooking Classes Announced. Check out the Calendar page for details.
  • New Book Out. Details about The Most Important Point: Zen Teachings by Edward Espe Brown, edited by Danny Parker and published by Sounds True, is now available on April 2. Details and early responses available here.
  • Dates for Fall Events in Northern California and Seattle Now Available. See the Calendar page for details and links.
  • Fall 2019 Half Day Sittings Announced. Check out the Calendar page for details.

  • Cooking as a Spiritual Practice.  Edward's book, No Recipe: Cooking as a Spiritual Practice, published by Sounds True, came out on May 1, 2018. Details are available here; see also an email interview in The Salt (NPR food blog) here, and a review from Publisher's Weekly here. You can order a signed copy from our webstore.
  • Video of Ed Leading Qi Gong. Otherwise known as "Ed Gong" -- filmed in June 2016 at Zen Eisenbuch in Germany. Now available on the Photos and Video 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.