International Zen Dojo of Wisconsin

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 24 October 2006.

Phone: 608-237-6008


The International Zen Dojo of Madison is a small group of Zen practitioners led by the founder of the group, Ken Kushner. The form of Buddhism practiced at the Dojo falls within the Japanese Choze-ji lineage of Rin Zai Zen. Mr. Kushner began studying Zen in the United States around 1977, but has since studied in Hawaii under his teacher Tanouyi Roshi, whom he has visited annually since the early 1980’s. Although he received permission from his teacher to instruct his small group of practitioners in Madison in the late 1980’s, Ken was not officially ordained until 1993.


Mr. Kushner and his students meet in space rented from a Tai Chi center not far from the University of Wisconsin Madison campus. The practice consists of one to four hours of chanting and sitting meditation, sometimes interspersed with periods of walking meditation. Potential students are encouraged to “shop around” before deciding to join the Dojo, and a training period of one month is required before becoming an official member. Besides leadership in traditional Zen practice, Ken offers training in Japanese archery (kyudo), a practice he learned at the Enjaku-ji temple in Japan in 1981.

Activities and Schedule

Meditation takes place on Wednesday from 8:15-9:30 P.M.; Friday from 6:00-7:00 A.M. and Sunday from 7:00-11:00 A.M.

Contact Name

Ken Kushner

Membership/Community Size

3 to 4 students