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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.


  • September Visit to Seattle and Bellingham, Washington. Check out the Calendar page for details.
  • Autumn Half-Day Sittings in Fairfax, California. Check out the Calendar page for details.
  • New Book.  Edward has a new book coming out. No Recipe: Cooking as a Spiritual Practice, published by Sounds True, will be 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.
  • New Lecture.  A recording of a livestreamed dharma talk given at City Center on Decmber 30, 2017 is now available.  Please visit the Audio Dharma page to check it out.
  • Dharma from the Archive.  A transcript of a lecture Ed gave during a sesshin at Green Gulch Farm in August 1985 is available now on the How to Cook Your Life page.
  • 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.