Casa Zen de Costa Rica

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The Casa Zen was founded in 1974 by Roshi Philip Kapleau after presenting a series of introductory workshops on Zen at the National Library. Since 1988, Roshi Sunyana Graef, a disciple and Dharma Heir of Roshi Kapleau, has been the spiritual leader of Casa Zen. She visits every other month to conduct a variety of activities including retreats, ceremonies, and training programs.

What We Offer

  • Daily zazen meditation
  • Workshops
  • All-day Sittings
  • Sesshin retreats
  • Training Programs
  • Ceremonies and other activities

The Casa Zen of Costa Rica is a warm and inviting place for the study and practice of Zen Buddhism. The 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.

Roshi Graef is also the director and teacher of the Vermont Zen Center, in Shelburne, Vermont, USA and the former teacher of the Toronto Zen Centre, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Toronto Centre is now under the direction of her Dharma Heir, Roshi Taigen Henderson.

Since 1974, the Casa Zen has held intensive meditation retreats, ceremonies and other activities. In 1994, the Casa Zen purchased a house in Santo Domingo de Heredia which became the center for regular practice and retreats.


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After closely following developments with the virus along with the steps that national, state, and local governments, businesses, churches, and others are taking to slow its spread, we have concluded that the prudent thing to do is keep the  Casa Zen closed until further notice. All sittings or other events will take place on Zoom. For more information, please contact the Casa Zen. Thank you.