Ryokan was a Japanese Zen master over 200 years ago.   He  lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain.  One evening when Ryokan was away, a thief entered the hut only to discover there was nothing in it to steal.  Ryokan returned and caught him.  Speaking to the intruder as if he were a guest, he said, "You have come a long way to visit me--you should not leave empty-handed--please take my clothes as a gift."  Ryokan removed his clothing, his only belongings, and handed them to the intruder.   The thief was bewildered.  He took the clothes and slunk away into the night.   Ryokan sat naked, watching the moon. "Poor fellow," he mused,  "I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."

Welcome to Visitors and Members

DAIBUTSUJI is a Zen Center without walls. Our function is to provide Zen teaching and Ordination Training through private individual, private group study meetings, and private intensive practice retreats, We also offer services for Buddhist weddings, funerals, and other special ceremonies, by request, to our Members. Since we are no longer supporting a free-standing Temple, there are no dues required for Membership.

Daibutsuji is sustained entirely by the financial support and participation of our Members and Visitors. Donations alone allow us to pay the rent on our practice spaces, and provide basic supplies and upkeep for them. Donations also help defray the cost of maintaining your teachers internet and cell phone expenses as much of our teaching now occurs long-distance and is sustained through both modalities.

Membership in Daibutsuji falls into two categories: Members-at-Large and Formal Members. Members-at-Large are New Students and practitioners who are exploring meditation as a practice or Zen and our Order, and Formal Members who are private Zen Students of Daiho or Shukke. Student meetings are held either individually or in group format, and either locally in person, or long-distance, via Skype.                                                                                                                                                                     

For both groups, there is only one type of fee for service--Dana.  Dana is a Buddhist tradition:  a gift from the heart to the teacher of an activity or event, with gratitude and appreciation for the teacher’s dedication of time, energy and services volunteered to the practitioner. Dana is generally donated at the time of service to the student, but may also be offered at any time online through our PayPal option, below. 

We accept donations/Dana through Apple Pay and Apple Cash Pay to 575-644-4526 Kathryn Hilbert.  And, we also have a Paypal donation option. You must have your own Paypal account to use this. Using the "Send Money to Family/Friends" feature, you may send Dana to 575-644-4526 which is directed to the Daibutsuji account. In both cases the abbot will be notified of your payment via text and will send you a text or email confirmation of receipt of payment.  By USPS (designating which teacher): to 1913 Piqueito Rd. Las Cruces, NM 88011. 

All dana is received and accepted with much gratitude, and supports your teachers in sustaining their teaching practices.

We understand that people like to visit us and do some exploring before making a commitment to membership.  We  welcome you and invite you to schedule a meeting with Rev. Shukke to talk about your interest in Zen and how we may help meet your current needs and goals at 575-644-4526.  You may also send questions to Rev. Shukke via email to 

Traditional Begging Bowl

Traditional Begging Bowl