The Maria Kannon Zen Center is a non-profit corporation which offers a setting for people of various backgrounds and faith traditions to practice Zen. The members are bound together by a common commitment to cultivate wisdom and compassion in their daily lives and in their relationships in society and the whole world.
Members practice Zen in the lay Zen tradition of the Sanbo Kyodan lineage, also referred to as the Harada-Yasutani lineage. Sanbo Kyodan Zen is based on the combined teaching and practice of Harada Daiun (Great Cloud), Yasutani Hakuun (White Cloud), and Yamada Koun (Cultivating Cloud). The lineage brings together elements of the Soto and Rinzai Zen traditions. Its home practice place is San-un Zendo, (Zen Hall of the Three Clouds), located in Kamakura, Japan, and now has affiliate Zen centers and communities in different parts of the world.
Roshi Ruben Habito is the founding Teacher of the Maria Kannon Zen Center.
Roshi Ruben L.F. Habito (born c. 1947) was born in the Philippines and is a former Jesuit priest turned master practicing in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Zen. In his early youth he was sent to Japan on missionary work where he began Zen practice under Yamada Koun-roshi, a Zen master who taught many Christians students, which was unusual for the time. In 1988, Ruben received Dharma transmission from Yamada Koun. Ruben left the Jesuit order in 1989, and in 1991 founded the lay organization Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, Texas. He has taught at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University since 1989 where he continues to be a faculty member. He is married and has two sons.