About the Casa Zen

Casa Zen bamboo fence

History and Methods

The Casa Zen of Costa Rica, a non-profit association, was founded in 1974 by Roshi Philip Kapleau. The current teacher, Roshi Sunyana Graef, is a Zen Buddhist priest who trained for nineteen years at the Rochester Zen Center in Rochester, New York, with Roshi Philip Kapleau.

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Shoe Rack in Entryway

Getting Started

Whether you are completely new to Buddhism or already have a spiritual practice and want to sit at the Casa Zen, the most in-depth way to get started is to attend an Introductory Workshop.

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Members of the Casa Zen, the Vermont Zen Center, and the Toronto Zen Centre comprise our Buddhist community, or Sangha. Membership in all our Centers is open to everyone regardless of age, race, national origin, creed, sex, or sexual orientation.

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Roshi Kapleau and Roshi Graef 1987


Roshi Sunyana Graef is the founder and teacher of the Vermont Zen Center. She began her practice of Zen Buddhism in 1969 as a disciple of Roshi Philip Kapleau. She has been the teacher of the Casa Zen since 1988.

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In China


The Casa Zen is run by Sangha members who generously volunteer their time and expertise. Here are some of the people you may meet taking care of the gardens, conducting sitting, cleaning the temple.

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