For Zen Buddhism to flourish in modern society, its practice must not only be deeply informed by tradition, but must also develop forms which fully realize, express and transmit the Dharma in lay practice.

To that end, the Lay Zen Teachers Association is a sangha specifically for lay teachers: those who have been formally entrusted to teach in their respective Zen lineages and who have chosen to teach not as priests but as lay people.

The LZTA's purposes are:

LZTA membership is open to an applicant who:

There is also a Friends category: recognized Zen teachers who are nonmembers and who support the mission of LZTA.

If you are interested in applying to be a member or friend of LZTA, email us at membership@lzta.org.