Even though not all of the Zen Mountain Monastery monastic staff will be visiting the Buffalo Zen Dharma Community, there are those who will. To help those who come in contact with us know these staff members better, this post and subsequent others will help introduce them.
John Daido Loori, Roshi | Founding Teacher (1931-2009)Daido Roshi was the founder of Zen Mountain Monastery and the Mountains and Rivers Order, and served as the guiding teacher for almost 30 years. A holder of the Soto and Rinzai Zen lineages, Daido Roshi drew on his background as a scientist, artist, naturalist, parent and Zen priest to establish a uniquely American Zen Buddhist training center. He is the author of numerous books, including The Eight Gates of Zen and The Zen of Creativity. Daido Roshi gave dharma transmission to Bonnie Myotai Treace, Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, and Konrad Ryushin Marchaj.
Click here for a link to some remembrances of Daido Roshi, published in Tricycle Magazine shortly after his death. Or watch an 18-minute video tribute to Daido Roshi that draws on his own words by clicking the button below.
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David Kozen Williams, MRO has been a formal student in the Mountains and Rivers Order since 1997.