Ryuten Paul Rosenblum PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES Japan: Temple Walls I Japan: Temple Walls II Patagonia: Icescapes Schwarzwald: Hillsides The Berlin Wall Waterscapes Horizontals INFORMATION Artist Statement Biography Book Zen Practice

Ryuten Paul Rosenblum Roshi is a lineage holder in the tradition of Dongshan and Dogen.


He began Zen practice with his first teacher, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in 1968. For ten years, Ryuten lived and trained at Zen Center: with Suzuki Roshi until his death in 1971, and subsequently with Suzuki Roshi's successor and the Second Abbot of Zen Center, Zentatsu Baker Roshi. Ryuten received lay initiation from Suzuki Roshi in 1970 and priest ordination from Baker Roshi in January of 1975.


After a period working "in the world" in fields such as government, politics and non-profit management consulting, Ryuten resumed formal practice with his teacher, Zentatsu Baker Roshi, in 1995. Ryuten Roshi is a successor of Baker Roshi and received Dharma Transmission, authorization to teach, from him in August of 1999.


Ryuten is a teacher in the Dharma Sangha in both the U.S. and Europe. Part of each year, he serves as the Vice Abbott of Genrinji, Zen-Zentrum Johanneshof-Quellenweg, located in the Black Forest in Germany. Ryuten also teaches at other centers throughout Germany, Austria and The Netherlands. He lives in San Anselmo, California.


The significance of the visual arts in his life has been developed and refined by decades of Zen practice and temple life. This practice life is rooted in and expressed through qualities such as spaciousness, impermanence, stillness, clarity, intimacy, incompleteness, simplicity and the absence of pretension ... a grounding in the mysterious uniqueness of each arising in the present moment.


Exhibitions (Group Exhibitions unless noted)



Abstracts: The Alternative Eye - 1650 Gallery
  Los Angeles, CA
Taking Pictures 2017 - Black Box Gallery
  Portland, OR
-scapes - PH21 Gallery
  Budapest, Hungary
Photobook Exhibition - Athens Photo Festival
  Benaki Museum
  Athens, Greece


2016 International Juried Exhibition: A Single Image Competition
  Center for Photographic Art
  Carmel, CA
Trees - A. Smith Gallery
  Johnson City, TX
Abstractions - MPLS Photo Center
   Minneapolis, MN
Reflections - Linus Gallery
  Pasadena, CA
Alphabet - A. Smith Gallery
  Johnson City, TX
2016 International Juried Photography Show
  NVAL Carter House Gallery
  Redding, CA
  Silver Selection


Moscow International Foto Awards 2015

    Moscow,  Russia
"Abstract" Portfolio - Honorable Mention

• Trees – 1650 Gallery

    Los Angeles, CA

• Going Places – PhotoPlace Gallery

    Middlebury, VT

• International Photography Competition 2015
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
Tampa, FL
“Abstracts” Category – First Place

• Water – Center for Fine Art Photography
Fort Collins, CO

• Abstracts – 1650 Gallery
Los Angeles, CA
Best in Show – Second Place

 • Water – A. Smith Gallery
Johnson City, TX

• Contemplation – PH21 Gallery
Budapest, Hungary

• 2015 International Juried Exhibition: A Portfolio Competition
Center for Photographic Art
Carmel, CA


Solo Exhibition - Gallery 291
Mill Valley, CA

InSight: The World As I See It – Cumberland Gallery
Nashville, TN
1st Place Award

• 2014 San Francisco International Photo Exhibition
Gold Medal award
     Portfolio Selections award

Harmony – PH21 Gallery
Budapest, Hungary
     Honorable Mention award

2014 Center Forward – Center for Fine Art Photography
Fort Collins, CO

Water, Elemental and Fundamental – PhotoPlace Gallery
Middlebury, VT

Side Gallery: Marketplace Artists – RayKo
San Francisco, CA

•  Alternative Processes – SohoPhoto
New York City, NY

•  The Ephemeral - Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography
Detroit, MI

•  Currents 2014 – Exhibition at the Ogden Museum
in conjunction with PhotoNOLA 2014 and NOPA
New Orleans, LA


• Crafted at Rayko – RayKo
San Francisco, CA

• Rare Earth – Darkroom Gallery
Essex Junction, VT

• Reflections - 1650 Gallery
Los Angeles, CA


• Small Works – SohoPhoto
New York City, NY

• Snap to Grid – LA Center for Digital Arts
Los Angeles, CA

• The Great Landscape – Linus Gallery
Pasadena, CA

• 12x12 – Todd Art Gallery
Murfreesboro, TN

• Lines: Walked and Crossed and Otherwise – PhotoPlace Gallery
Middlebury, VT


• Shut up and Shoot – Black Box Gallery
Portland, OR


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