Welcome to Shores of Zen.   Jiryu’s book Two Shores of Zen:  An American Monk’s Japan. His blog, No Zen in the West. The webpage of the San Quentin State Prison Zen group, the Buddhadharma Sangha. The unsurpassed Dharma folk tunes of Ben Gustin. This site also has audio of Jiryu’s Buddhist teaching - including a few class series and public talks at temples affiliated with the San Francisco Zen Center Some of Jiryu’s  is also available here. Welcome to Shores of Zen.           A website bundling some projects and passions of Jiryu Mark Rutschman-Byler. the website of Jiryu Mark Rutschman-Byler “When you sail out in a boat to the midst of an ocean where no land is in sight, and view the four directions, the ocean looks circular, and does not look any other way. But the ocean is neither round nor square; its features are infinite in variety. It is like a palace. It is like a jewel. It only looks circular as far as you can see at that time. - Dogen Zenji Genjokoan     “When you sail out in a boat to the midst of an ocean where no land is in sight, and view the four directions, the ocean looks circular, and does not look any other way. But the ocean is neither round nor square; its features are infinite in variety. It is like a palace. It is like a jewel. It only looks circular as far as you can see at that time. - Dogen Zenji Genjokoan     Some upcoming Dharma events with Jiryu: Tassajara Zen Mtn Ctr June 26-29, 2015   Jiryu’s study - Soto Zen in Meiji Japan: The Life and Times of Nishiari Bokusan