Abbot

Abbot

seiju-formalKogan Seiju Bob Mammoser is the abbot and osho (priest) at Albuquerque Zen Center.
A Chicago native and graduate of Northwestern University, Seiju began training with Kyozan Joshu Sasaki, Roshi, in 1974 at Mt. Baldy Zen Center in southern California. He underwent monk ordination in 1978 and in 1980 was appointed vice abbot of the Bodhi Manda Zen Center in Jemez Springs, N.M. He was ordained an osho in 1984. He trained with Roshi until Roshi retired from teaching in 2013.

Seiju founded AZC in the fall of 1989, moving into residence in the rented property on Madeira. He initiated a regular schedule of daily zazen, dharma talks, discussion groups and zazenkai (all-day sittings). After morning zazen Seiju worked a day job, and evenings found him back in the Zendo leading sitting periods.

A steady flow of sangha contributions to the Center allowed Seiju to “retire” from his day job and focus exclusively on Albuquerque Zen Center’s development. He is currently working with the Board and a group of committed sangha members to organize maintaining the Center and nourishing the sangha for future Zen practitioners.