The Shogaku Zen Institute is a training seminary for Zen priests and other Buddhist Sangha leaders who wish to be Buddhist pioneers—carrying Zen and Buddhism outward into smaller communities. Based in California, it is a three year program that grants a Certificate in Zen Studies, with the possibility of a Masters of Divinity Degree with further work within a degree granting institution. The program emphasizes developing leadership and communication skills for guiding a sangha of laypeople. You will learn how to take care of your sangha and to take care of yourself through peer support and the development of a strong referral network. Shogaku Zen Institute is a style of Zen training for bringing forth authentic and wholesome Dharma in small dharma groups and lay practice sanghas.