Cochise Zen Center

Cochise Zen Center was founded in 2003 by Suzanne and Joel Carp, in loose affiliation with Zen Desert Sangha in Tucson. For the first 14 years, the group was known as Bisbee Lotus Sangha. We were self-sustaining, without a teacher, and depended on steady Zen practice to do its work.

In 2017, an authorized teacher from the Kwan Um School of Zen, Barry Briggs JDPSN, retired to Bisbee and began practicing with the community. In 2018, we asked Barry PSN to serve as guiding teacher. We've evolved our weekly practice to the forms of the Kwan Um School and follow Barry PSN's direction in teaching matters.

We serve the borderlands region of Southeastern Arizona with weekly meditation practice, workshops and discussion groups, and retreats.

The Zen center is a non-profit organization incorporated in Arizona and is recognized as a tax-exempt organization by the Internal Revenue Service. We are governed by a board of directors comprised of senior practitioners.