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.


The Casa Zen has a schedule of daily sittings, intensive meditation retreats, ceremonies, and more.

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Kannon Room

A wonderful way to combine quiet time and spiritual inspiration in a beautiful setting.

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An authentic introduction to Zen Buddhism. Talks, meditation instruction, and more.

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Upcoming Event—Saturday, January 11, 2020

Introductory Workshops, conducted by senior students of Roshi Graef, are a practical and authentic introduction to Zen Buddhism. During the half-day schedule of talks, question periods, demonstrations and guided meditation, participants are introduced to the body-mind disciplines of Zen Buddhism.    Learn more