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Zen Buddhism......Diamond Sangha......Maitai Zendo
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Ross Bolleter Roshi
Mary Jise Jaksch Roshi Glenn Wallis Sensei
Diamond Sangha

Robert Aitken Roshi and his wife Anne founded the Diamond Sangha in 1959 in Hawaii. This lineage now has thirty-six teachers world-wide including Ross Bolleter; Roshi in Perth, Mary Jaksch Roshi in New Zealand. Glenn Wallis Sensei is based in Dunedin NZ though is curently overseas.

Diamond Sangha teachers lead retreats in the USA, Chile, Argentina, Australia, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, England and Germany.

As the lineage has roots in both the Soto and Rinzai schools of Zen, Diamond Sangha teachers offer both Koan study, and Shikantaza ('just sitting').


Diamond Sangha is a lay lineage, not a monastic lineage, with the ideal of bringing to our practice the joy and pain of everyday life, the great 'monastery without walls'.

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Diamond Sangha in Nelson

We welcome all meditators and interested parties, whatever their background , to join us at the Maitai Zendo in Nelson. The group meets weekly for Zazen (For further details visit the regular sits page) and hold monthly and other retreats.

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Diamond Sangha in Dunedin

The Dunedin Zen Group meets weekly. For further details visit the regular sits page.

Sesshin is held twice a year, Easter and Spring, on the picturesque St. Martins Island, in the Otago harbour.


Diamond Sangha in Christchurch

The Christchurch Zen Group meets weekly. For further details visit the regular sits page.

Instruction in Zen meditation is given to newcomers and there is no cost. Sitting cushions are supplied and may be purchased.

Phone (03) 348-4656. or e-mail

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Diamond Sangha in Wellington

The Wellington Zen Group meets weekly. For further details visit the regular sits page. They meet for Zazen (sitting meditation), Kinhin (walking meditation) followed by a cup of tea. Please phone (04)387 2764 or e-mail if you are interested in going along.

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