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Letters from Zen Teachers to the Zen Studies Society

as compiled by Rev James Ishmael Ford, Boundless Way Zen; The Buddhist Channel, Jan 10, 2011

Introduction obtained from Rev James Ishmael Ford's blog "Monkey Mind".

"On the 1st of December, 2010, the Reverend Eido Shimano wrote a letter addressed to the NY Times, although not published there, stating that he had not resigned as abbot of the Zen Studies Society and its affiliate organizations as a result of his embroilment in a series of sexual misconducts. As a result a number of Zen teachers have written to the Zen Studies Society requesting that he not be allowed to continue in any capacity that allows him access to students. I've offered to post these letters for those willing for them to be public. At this moment there are nineteen letters & twenty signatores. I will continue to add these letters so long as teachers forward them to me."

Letters listed on Rev. Ford's blog includes:

1) Reverend James Ishmael Ford, Boundless Way Zen
2) Joan Halifax, Roshi, Founding Abbot Upaya Zen Center
3) Myoan Grace Schireson, Roshi, Abbess, Empty Nest Zendo
4) Dosho Port, Sensei, Abbot of Wild Fox Zen and dharma heir of Katagiri Roshi
5) Kyogen Carlson, Roshi, Dharma Rain Zen Center
6) Nonin Chowaney, Roshi, Abbot, Nebraska Zen Center / Heartland Temple
7) Sallie Jiko Tisdale, Sensei, member of the American Zen Teachers Association
8) Taigen Leighton, Sensei, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate
9) Susan Ji-on Postal, Sensei, Empty Hand Zen Center
10) Barry Magid, Sensei, Ordinary MInd Zendo
11) Hogen Bays, Sensei & Chozen Bays, Roshi, Co-Abbots, Great Vow Zen Monastery
12) Wendy Egyoku Nakao, Roshi, Abbot, Zen Center of Los Angeles
13) Bodhin Kjolhede, Roshi, Abbot, Rochester Zen Center
14) Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Roshi, Former co-abbot, San Francisco Zen Center; Founder and teacher, Everyday Zen Foundation
15) Les Keido Kaye, Roshi, Kannon Do Zen Meditation Center
16) Eido Frances Carney, Roshi, Abbess, Olympia Zen Center
17) Zenki Mary Mocine, Sensei, Abbess, Clear Water Zendo
18) Ruben Habito, Roshi, Abbot Daido Loori Roshi
19) Chikudo Lew Richmond, Sensei, Abbot, Vimala Sangha

Please goto Rev. Ford's blog to view all the letters listed above
http://monkeymindonline.blogspot.com/2010/12/letters-from-zen-teachers-to-zen.html



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