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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.


  • November 11, 2018 -- An Important Update from Edward. The Peaceful Sea Sangha’s plans for a new Dharma Center in Sebastopol, California, did not work out, as our purchase offer was not accepted. Also with further measuring of our capacities, the project appeared to be larger than we could reasonably manage. We are immensely touched and grateful for all the support that we received, not only financially, but all the good wishes, prayers, and heartfelt greetings. We intend to move forward with envisioning a Peaceful Sea Sangha Dharma Center, so we are holding the contributions we have received in a Property Fund for that purpose.

    Blessings in the days to come,

  • Ouster from SFZC. Recently the San Francisco Zen Center informed our Chief Priest Edward Brown that, “[W]e are no longer inviting you to teach at Zen Center’s three temples” and that, “This will include any one-day sittings that are currently scheduled.” Edward is saddened that he will not be able to offer these opportunities to his students and others, and is broken-hearted that he can no longer call SFZC his home. Tracing his roots back to Suzuki Roshi, he is confident that especially with so much support and good will from family, friends, and students, he will find his way. His daughter Lichen has written a heartfelt Open Letter to the SFZC, which without going into all the details, probably provides the best overall view of the situation. You can read it here.
  • Autumn Half-Day Sittings in Fairfax, California. Check out the Calendar page for details.
  • New Book.  Edward has a new 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.