Order of Clear Mind Zen

DAIBUTSUJI is the home of The Order of Clear Mind Zen, founded by Rev. Dr. Harvey Daiho Hilbert roshi.  We are an Engaged Zen Buddhist training and practice Order in the lineage of Rev. Dr. Soyu Matsuoka-roshi, the first Soto Zen Master to establish the practice of Zen in the United States. 

We are a small local Sangha-without-walls committed to serving the needs of new as well as established Zen practitioners. We offer private Zen study, Ordination Training, Retreats, a variety of engaged practice opportunities, Buddhist Weddings/Commitment Ceremonies, Funeral, Memorial, and Affirmation of Life Services, Ordinations, and various other ceremonies, by request. 





Rev. Dr. Harvey Daiho Hilbert-roshi, Founding Abbot

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Daiho-roshi (DIE-ho) received Shukke Tokudo in the year 2000 and received Dharma Transmission in 2005. He began studying Zen in 1966 after being shot in the head in combat in Vietnam. He is the founding abbot of The Order of Clear Mind Zen headquartered in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Roshi is an accomplished painter, teacher, and psychotherapist.  His art work can be seen at http://daihozenart.blogspot.com.  Daiho's Personal Website

Ken Hogaku Shozen McGuire-roshi (d. 2012)


Ken Hogaku Shozen McGuire-roshi (Ho-GAH-Koo SHOW-zen) was the founding abbot of Daibutsuji Zen Temple in Las Cruces (1969) and Cloudcroft (1998), New Mexico.  Ken-roshi is Dharma Heir to Rev. Dr. Soyu Matsuoka-roshi, the first Zen Master from Japan to establish a Zen Temple in the United States.  Ken-roshi studied with Matsuoka-roshi in Long Beach, California from 1963 until he moved to New Mexico in 1968.  He traveled to Japan on two occasions with Matsuoka-roshi and was presented to the abbot of Sojiji.  Ken-roshi took Shukke Tokudo in 1968 and received Inka Shomei in 1977 from Matsuoka-roshi.  Recently, Rev. McGuire-roshi was honored with the Transmission of Light Ceremony in the Vietnamese Rinzai Zen tradition by the Most Venerable Thich An Giao.  Ken-roshi was elevated to the rank of Great Master which is equivalent to Bishop. He was retired from his long career with Lockheed-Martin and NASA as an aerospace engineer. An accomplished carpenter, he built Zen furnishings for home and Temple until his death in June of 2012.



Rev. Kathryn Shukke Hilbert

Rev. Kathryn Shukke (SHOO-kay) Hilbert began meditating as a teenager, implemented insight meditation as a recovery tool for traumatized children and adults in her psychotherapy practice for three decades, and practiced independently for many years before finding a Zen Teacher and finally "getting down to business."  Her Teacher is Rev. Bobby Kankin Byrd of Both Sides No Sides Zendo in El Paso, TX.  

Rev. Shukke is currently training private students for the priesthood, as well as some students who are interested in deepening their current practice. Her teaching style might be characterized as egalitarian, secularly inclusive, and eclectic. She encourages students to take their Zen knowledge “off the cushion” and into their daily lives with wholehearted intention, devotion, and dedication. A Zen Study reading list is available from Rev. Shukke for the asking. Dana gratefully received via Paypal 575.644.4526 or Apple Pay. 

Rev. Shukke performs official Buddhist wedding, commitment and funeral services around the area, and makes hospital visits to patients who request a Priest. She also works with Mesilla Valley Hospice to provide consultation to persons engaging in their final life journey.  Feel free to contact via email at  jiisha2abbot@gmail.

Rev. Dr. Soyu Matsuoka-roshi (1912-1997)

Rev. Dr. Soyu Matsuoka-roshi was a priest in a family of priests going back six centuries. He came to the United States in 1939 as an emissary of Sojiji Training Monastery first to Los Angeles, then to San Francisco. Matsuoka soon left San Francisco to go to New York where he worked with D T Suzuki at Columbia University. He then went to Chicago and established the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago in 1949.

Matsuoka taught everywhere he could: high schools, karate dojos, living rooms. He was relentless in his effort to bring the living Dharma to the United States. He wrote letters to newspapers, was a strong supporter of non-violence and de-segregation, and wrote letters in support of Rev. Martin Luther King’s civil disobedience.

He had three disciples who went on to establish their own lineages: Kongo Langois in Chicago, Il. Taiun Elliston in Atlanta, Ga. and Hogaku McGuire in Long Beach, California. Kongo is considered the first American to be ordained as a Zen priest in 1967. Sometime after Matsuoka returned to California to establish his Zen Temple in Long Beach, he broke with Soto Shu in Japan.

There are many rumors floating around the Internet and, unfortunately in print, regarding Matsuoka’s later years . After reviewing extant materials and personal interviews of those who actually knew and studied with Matsuoka, I believe much of the talk surrounding this true pioneer is in an effort to diminish his mission to create a truly American form of Zen in service to supporting the institutionalized version being transmitted from Japan.

Matsuoka taught Zazen. He taught basic forms. He chanted only the most essential sutras. He streamlined the training and progression of students so that they would have an opportunity to practice in roles and take on responsibilities they would not have been entitled to in an institutionalized context. His was a homegrown Zen, a practical Zen. He used Japanese terms sparingly and tried to make his Zen accessible to Americans.

Those who actually take the time to make a study of Matsuoka’s written record in two collections of his writings (“The Kyosaku” and “Moku-rai”) will soon discover the truth about this pioneer. He was a genuine Master and a fine teacher who held his students in higher esteem than they, themselves apparently did.

Dōgen Zenji (1200–1253)

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Master Dōgen is our sect’s founder. While he lived in Japan in the 13th century, he left us an enormous treasury of teaching. From his Shobogenzo to his Extensive Record and from his collection of Three Hundred Koans to his Standards for Monastic Practice, and on to his poetry and his Instructions to the Zen Cook, Dōgen Zenji’s offerings were his life made manifest. We owe contemporary Zen practice to Master Dōgen. Dogen Zenji , as a young monk in the Tendai tradition questioned his teachers. When he could not get satisfactory answers he did what all true masters do, he left home. Travelling to China he studied for a number of years and became intimate with what was called Serene Reflection Meditation, or Silent Illumination. Returning to Japan after receiving transmission from his Master, Dōgen Zenji began offering “True Buddhism” to his countrymen. He went on to found what has come to be known as Eiheiji, the chief Zen Training Temple of the Soto Zen sect even to this present day. Our founder, Matsuoka-roshi was the lamp holder who brought Dōgen’s teaching from Japan to the United States and from him through our Teachers to us.