The San’un Zendo as the Central Dôjô

In 1970, Kôun Roshi, together with his wife Dr. Kazue YAMADA , built the San’un Zendo in his family compound. (“San’un” means “three clouds,” representing the three Zen masters in the same lineage: “HARADA Daiun [big cloud],” “YASUTANI Haku’un [white cloud],” and “YAMADA Kôun [plowing cloud]”). Subsequently the San’un Zendo became the central dôjô [place of practice] of the SANBÔZEN. Here, YAMADA Kôun Roshi guided both Japanese and non-Japanese students in the zazenkai (zazen gathering at the weekend, held twice a month) as well as in the sesshin (zazen gathering for several days, held several times a year).

Especially after Father Hugo M. ENOMIYA-LASSALLE became an earnest student of YAMADA Roshi, many Christian priests, nuns and pastors started to seek the guidance of YAMADA Roshi.

By the time of his passing on 13 September 1989 as many as 24 Japanese and 21 non-Japanese disciples had finished the formal course of Zen training.