Sydney Musai Walter, Roshi

Daishin Sensei was formally educated at the University of Chicago and Brandeis University where he taught for a brief period of time. He moved to Santa Fe in the early '70's and has worked ever since as a hand engraver and printmaker.

Daishin received dharma transmission from Musai Roshi in December, 2007.

The style of Zen Buddhism practiced at Prajna Zendo reflects the influence of Musai's teachers: Jitsudo Sensei, Genpo Roshi, and Maezumi Roshi. Maezumi Roshi received dharma transmission in both the Soto and Rinzai schools of Zen. He blended the elements of both schools into a vibrant teaching that encompasses the stillness of shikantaza (just sitting) and the energy of koan practice (the use of seemingly paradoxical stories as teaching devices). To this mix, Genpo Roshi has added the Big Mind process, bridging Western psychological understanding and authentic Zen practice.

Prajna Zendo welcomes people from all walks of life to pursue the opportunity to become intimate with a rich tradition that has now taken firm root in America.

Roshi Sydney Musai Walter, teacher and priest at Prajna Zendo, began studying Zen in 1970 with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. He later became a student of Taizan Maezumi Roshi and remained with him until Roshi's death in 1995. Musai Roshi's lineage includes both Rinzai and Soto practices, through his root teacher, Maezumi Roshi.

Musai received dharma transmission from Jitsudo Sensei, a dharma successor of Maezumi Roshi. He then received inka, the final approval that confers full independence as a teacher, from Genpo Roshi, another of Maezumi Roshi's successors. In addition to Zen practice, Musai Roshi studied with Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoche.

Roshi Musai retired as Spiritual Director of Prajna Zendo in May, 2012, handing over the directorship to his dharma successor, David Daishin Brighton Sensei.  He is still participating as a teacher and sees his current students in dokusan.