No Gate Zen Center

Nob Hill, Albuquerque, New Mexico

No Gate Zen

“All beings are encompassed within one all-encompassing great energy: So I understood from the coolness of this morning’s passing breeze.” 
― Mumon

Originally founded by Roshi Jitsudo Ancheta, dharma heir and lineage holder of Roshi Taizan Maezumi, who founded Zen Center Los Angeles.


Jitsudo Ancheta Roshi

Roshi Jitsudo Ancheta
Jitsudo and Molly Myoka
Roshi at Taizan Maezumi’s Memorial site at Yokoji, Mountain Center, California

We are a traditional and not-so-traditional Zen Buddhist sangha. Our lineage is Soto and Rinzai Zen and we engage in Dream-Koan practice as well as other beautiful and inspirational, diverse Buddhist practices. Our practices are relevant, vibrant and deeply meaningful in today’s world.

“Begging Bowl” woodblock print by Jitsudo
Jitsudo in his studio

The “Tea House” Zendo

Morning Practice

In a hidden courtyard in Nob Hill in Albuquerque, Roshi Jitsudo built a replica of a traditional Japanese tea house. Here is where our sangha meets for zazen, to do service, and for celebrations.

The Zendo- Tea House
The Gateless Gate

We are a diverse group of people, from various backgrounds and interests, each of whom bring a cherished aspect to our sangha. Most of us are Buddhist, and some folks participate as enrichment to their own chosen personal spiritual paths and traditions. We welcome everyone.

Dharma Lineage Holders

Thomas Zenho Whalen, Sensei, Director


Richard Issan Mugai Elkin, Sensei


Some of our Practices:

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The ZOOM meetings are open meetings and do not require a host to let you in.

Traditional Zazen, 6:30 AM-7:45AM, weekly, most Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Join Zazen Zoom Meeting here:

Dream Koan Practice, weekly, Monday, 7PM Join Dream Koan Zoom here:

The Heart Sutra and Identity of Relative and Absolute services are performed regularly.

Samantabhadra Aspiration Prayer Recitation, Green Tara and Vajrakilaya are occasional sadhandas

We offer a path to Jukai (formal Buddhist vows), Tokudo (monks vows) and Denkai (formal zen priest vows).

All are welcome to join us in any capacity you like, either as a sangha member or visitor.

Location: The Tea House Zendo is located on the East side of the courtyard of Michael Thomas Coffee Shop on Silver Ave, corner of Bryn Mawr, Albuquerque, NM.

For more information please email us at:

~Deep peace and Great Love, Issan Sensei & Zenho Sensei~

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