About Blue Cliff Zen Center

Blue Cliff Zen Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered with the state of Oregon. We offer a weekly Zen meditation group, yoga, mindfulness courses, and teacher trainings. We also do intensive Zen retreats, community service projects, and Zen ceremonies. Our lineage is the Zenways branch (Zendo Kyodan) of the Rinzai Zen tradition of Shinzan Miyamae Roshi. London Zenways, led by Daizan Roshi, is a sister group of ours and has been instrumental in us growing our roots. The above photo was taken at Saraha Buddhist Institute in Eugene.

Our mission is to reduce the amount of stress, anxiety, and fear experienced in the community by offering Zen-related (meditation and mindfulness) activities, while at the same time fostering well-being, compassion, and insight. We are committed to helping develop a more awakened community and world. Please consider donating to help us continue offering these important programs.

Matt Shinkai Kane, M.A., is the lead teacher at Blue Cliff Zen Center. He studied Zen in Japan for over seven years and is certified as a senior Zen teacher. Shinkai currently lives in an east-Eugene apartment rather than within a celibate monastic setting. A main interest of his is the on-going dialogue about how to be truly present, alive, and grounded in the busy modern world. See this link for some other resources about our lineage.


  • cer tified as a Senior Zen Teacher in the Hakuin-Inzan-Rinzai Zen school

  • holds a Master’s of Arts degree with a thesis on mindfulness

  • on faculty at the University of Oregon’s PE Mind-Body Department

  • founder of the Eugene Mindfulness for Young People Program, a platform for educating people about mindfulness practices for children and locating classes in the community

  • lead teacher in the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) operations center Employee Well-being Program

  • co-founder of the Edison Elementary Mindfulness Program for teachers and staff

  • Shinkai organizes and leads a variety of mindfulness workshops, courses, Zen retreats, and teacher trainings in Japan and the US each year

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