Kobun's Teachings


Brief Talks

Highlights from Talks

Book: Talks, Zen Sesshins

Quotes from Kobun's Book


Memories and Photos

Kobun-Related Centers

Other Sites

Kobun Chino Otogawa, Chief Priest of Jikoji, came to America in 1967 from Eiheiji Monastery in Japan. After serving as the resident teacher at Tassajara Monastery for two years, Kobun Roshi became the Chief Priest of Haiku Zendo in Los Altos, California.

In 1979, Kobun Roshi and his Bodhi students purchased the old Pacific High School property, which became Jikoji in 1983. Kobun officially registered Jikoji as a temple of the Soto Zen School (Japan) in 1984.

On July 26, 2002, in Switzerland, Kobun Roshi drowned while trying to save his daughter Maya, who also drowned. Jikoji performs an annual service in Kobun and Maya's memory.





Kobun and Alyosha


For more pictures, lectures, anecdotes, and video and audio clips, as well as his more recent biography and autobiography, please visit the web site dedicated to respectfully

Remembering Kobun

A Dated Biography of Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi, compiled under the guidance of Angie Boissevain, the senior author and editor, includes added links, photos, and other resources.

At the last gathering of some of Kobun’s long-term students in Santa Cruz, CA before Kobun’s death, a student asked, “Kobun, why do we sit?” He thoughtfully and slowly replied:

From the last page of Caroline Atkinson's Book "A Light in the Mind, Living Your Life Just as It Is".