Mark Daitoku Esterman, Sensei | I. Generation


Mark Daitoku Esterman, Sensei, began Zen training under Rev. Seikan Hasegawa, a Japanese Rinzai Master, in 1969. He was ordained by Rev. Hasegawa in 1997 and served under him as Head Monk of Rock Creek Buddhist Temple 1970-2002, and Vice-Abbott 1999-2002.

Mark began studying with D. Genpo Merzel Roshi at Kanzeon Zen Center in Salt Lake City in 2003. He received Jukai (Receiving the Precepts) and Shukke Tokudo (Ordination) from Genpo Roshi in 2004, Hoshi (Lineage Holder) in 2010 and Shiho (Dharma Transmission) October 17, 2014.

He founded the Salt Lake Zen Group in 2012.

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The Salt Lake Zen Group welcomes all who wish to explore the path of self-discovery and awakening in a mutually supportive environment.  We offer a regular schedule of meditation and talks, open to the public free of charge (donations gratefully accepted).  Beginners, visitors and experienced practitioners of any religious or non-religious background are invited to participate at all events.

The regular weekly schedule includes Sunday morning talks and morning meditation Monday through Thursday. The Group is led by Mark Esterman Sensei, a Dharma successor of Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi, who is the founder of Kanzeon International Sangha and the Big Mind process ( For more information about our schedule and locations, see the Map and Calendar, or our “Contact Us” page.

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