Since 1988, we have offered Zen Buddhist practice with Joseph Bobrow Roshi in San Francisco. In 2015, we relocated to Santa Barbara, CA.

Deep Streams Zendo offers a half-day retreat each month with zazen (zen meditation), a Dharma talk by, and dokusan (practice meeting) available with, Joseph Bobrow Roshi.

Meditation periods are 25 minutes long and you may sit in any position you like, including in a chair. Beginners as well as seasoned practitioners are welcome, and instruction is provided. We sit at Friends Meeting House at 2012 Chapala Street (at the corner of Mission Street). Please arrive 15 minutes early to get settled.

Our programs emphasize Zen practice and its relevance to daily living. Beginners as well as seasoned meditators are welcome, and instruction is provided. Practice opportunities include public meditation meetings, monthly retreats, classes, and intensive study.


Deep Streams Zen Institute is in the tradition of the Diamond Sangha, a Zen Buddhist society founded in 1959 by Robert and Anne Aitken. A international network of centers, the Diamond Sangha evolved from the lineage of the Sanbokyodan, the Fellowship of the Three Treasures, in Kamakura, Japan, which is based on the teachings of Harada Dai'un Roshi. It was founded by Harada Roshi's successor, Yasutani Haku'un Roshi, in the mid-1950's, and led by Yamada Koun Roshi, Robert Aitken-Roshi's root teacher. It is a revitalization of the ancient Soto stream of Zen, incorporating authentic koan practice. Joseph Bobrow is a Dharma heir of Robert Aitken Roshi.


Deep Streams Zen Institute offers a range of Buddhist meditation practices, including the opportunity for authentic koan study, a non-dualistic concentration practice of meditative inquiry. Koans are the folk stories of Zen, arising out of dialogues between teacher and student. They provide a meditative focus through which we can experience directly the essential nature of our living and dying within the moments of everyday living.