Zen practitioner Carole Kyodo Walsh
Although not a teacher, long time Zen practitioner Carole Walsh is the facilitator of the Broward Zen Group, the Florida extension of Lost Coin Zen.
Carole first started meditating at the age of 20 in 1968. A few years later, she joined a Fourth Way group in Woodstock, NY. In 1980 she entered residency training at Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper, NY to study Zen with Roshi John Daido Loori. She was ordained by Daido Roshi in 1986.
After moving to South Florida in 1990, Carole continued her Zen practice on her own. She sat for a couple of years with a Zen group led by Roshi Phillip Kapleau, when he lived in Hollywood, Florida.
She currently facilitates the Broward Zen Group, under the auspices of her teacher, Roshi Daniel Doen Silberberg, founder of the Lost Coin Zen Group in San Francisco, while continuing her study and Zen training with him.
Daniel Doen Silberberg, Roshi, is a Zen teacher, author and founder of Lost Coin Zen, an international Zen training organization based in San Francisco.
Roshi received Zen transmission in the White Plum Lineage in 2006 and Inka in 2015, after 35 years of traditional practice with three Zen teachers. Prior to that he spent 15 years studying with Fourth Way teachers and received permission to teach Fourth Way groups. Doen Roshi's teaching is focused on creating a meaningful practice for students who live thoroughly modern lives with families, relationships and careers, but who also have a strong desire to practice The Way.
Lost Coin trains students to empower themselves and to embrace their everyday lives as the rich cauldron for spiritual practice. The training incorporates traditional essentials of Zen and the Fourth Way practices including zazen, koan study, close work with Roshi, study and exercises, and adapts these forms to our world today.
Doen Roshi brings to his teaching a warm, genuine style enriched by his own eclectic background. This includes work as a practicing psychologist and award-winning composer. At present he is writing and teaching Lost Coin Zen.
The Venerable Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi was the founder and Abbot of the Zen Center of Los Angeles, the founder of the White Plum lineage, and a seminal influence on the growth of Zen Buddhism in the United States.
Maezumi Roshi was ordained as a Soto Zen monk at the age of eleven. He received degrees in Oriental Literature and Philosophy from Komazawa University and studied at Sojiji, one of the two main Soto monasteries in Japan. He received Dharma transmission from Hakujun Kuroda, Roshi, in1955. He also received approval as a teacher (Inka ) from both Koryu Osaka Roshi, and Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, thus becoming a Dharma successor in three lines of Zen.
In 1956, Maezumi Roshi came to Los Angeles as a priest at Zenshuji Temple, the Soto Headquarters of the United States. He devoted his life to laying a firm foundation for the growth of Zen Buddhism in the West. In1967, he established the Zen Center of Los Angeles. Its honorary founder is Baian Hakujun Daiosho, who headed the Soto Sect Supreme Court and was one of the leading figures of Japanese Soto Zen.
Maezumi Roshi established six temples in the United States and Europe that are formally registered with Soto Headquarters in Japan. In addition to ZCLA, these include Zen Mountain Center in California; Zen Community of New York (Tetsugen Glassman, Abbot); Kanzeon Zen Centers of Salt Lake City, Utah and Europe (Genpo Merzel, Abbot); and Zen Mountain Monastery in New York (Daido Loori, Abbot). Affiliated centers also include the Great Mountain Zen Center in Colorado (Shishin Wick, teacher), Zen Community of Oregon (Chozen Bays, teacher); Three Treasures Zen Community in San Diego (Jikyo Miller, teacher); Centro Zen de Mexico, Coyoacan (Tesshin Sanderson, teacher), and Centro Zen de la Cuidad deMexico. In addition, there are over fifty groups in the Americas and Europe that are affiliated with ZCLA.
In 1976, Maezumi Roshi established the Kuroda Institute for the Study of Buddhism and Human Values, a non-profit educational organization formed to promote scholarship on Buddhism in its historical, philosophical, and cultural ramifications. The Institute serves the scholarly community by providing a forum in which scholars can gather at conferences and colloquia. The Institute also publishes a book series with the University of Hawaii Press devoted to the translation of East Asian Buddhist classics and presentations of scholarly works from its conferences. Maezumi Roshi also founded the Dharma Institute in Mexico City.
Maezumi Roshi founded the White Plum Asanga, named after his father Baian Hakujun Daiosho. He transmitted the Dharma to twelve successors: Bernard Tetsugen Glassman (NY), Dennis Genpo Merzel (UT & Europe), Charlotte Joko Beck (CA), Jan Chozen Bays (OR), John Daido Loori (NY), Gerry Shishin Wick (CO), John Tesshin Sanderson (Mexico), Alfred Jitsudo Ancheta (CA), Charles Tenshin Fletcher (CA), Susan Myoyu Andersen (IL), Nicolee Jikyo Miller (CA), and William Nyogen Yeo (CA). These twelve successors have further transmitted the Dharma to nine"second-generation" successors. In America, Maezumi Roshi ordained 68 Zen priests and gave the lay Buddhist precepts to over 500 people.
As a major contribution to the transmission of Buddhist teachings to the West, Maezumi Roshi was instrumental in bringing to realization the formation of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association (SZBA) of American Soto Zen teachers. Maezumi Roshi also promoted exchange programs among priests and lay practitioners between the United States and Japan. He had published commentaries on major Buddhist works, and his collected works will be published posthumously.
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