Myoshinji disavows Eido Shimano

On December 19th the Myoshinji Rinzai Zen Temple organization issued this statement in both English and Japanese:

"Myōshin-ji has received many inquiries regarding its relationship with the Zen Studies Society in New York ever since the publication on 20 August 2010 of an article in the New York Times regarding the behavior of the Society’s former director, Eidō Shimano.

On the occasion of establishing the Zen Studies Society, Eidō Shimano stipulated that the Society was to have no relation to Myōshin-ji or any other branch of Japanese Rinzai Zen Buddhism.

As far as Myōshin-ji is concerned, all along it has had no connection with Eidō Shimano, his activities or organizations, including Dai Bosatsu Zendo and all affiliated Zen Studies Society institutions, nor is Eidō Shimano or any of his successors certified as priests of the Myōshin-ji branch of Zen or recognized as qualified teachers.

19th,Dec,2012 Myoshinji school of Rinzai Zen buddhism"

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13 comments on “Myoshinji disavows Eido Shimano

  1. I find it pretty disgusting that they allowed American Zen students to believe otherwise for several decades. Pretty damn cynical in my view. In addition, Shimano had a very public transmission ceremony from Soen Nakagawa Roshi, with many Japanese priests and officials in attendance. In addition, there were many Japanese priests and officials in attendance at the opening of Dai Bosatsu Monastery. There is reason to believe that Soen Nakagawa Roshi ever officially “registered” Shimano’s transmission in the record books at Myoshin-ji — for whatever reasons he may have had. But no one told the students here in the US. To the contrary, they actively participated in making Shimano look authorized and genuine. Bah! I say. Bad form.

    As for this having far reaching implications for much of the US Rinzai world, I really don’t think so. Much of Soto Zen has already disconnected from the Japanese temples, and no longer registers their priests there. American Zen will stand or fall on its own feet, IMO. Whether it’s the death knell of ZSS and Dai Bosatsu Monastery, maybe. They made much of their Japanese connections in the past. But there are several independent Shimano Dharma heirs who have split from him, both recently and over the years, who maintain Zen Centers of their own without needing the support or recognition from him or from Myoshin-ji.

    • That’s quite true Al. I recall making mention of it here 3 or 4 years ago myself. [When I'm on something other than dialup I'll look it up] What strikes me about this current statement is that it is one that leaves no room for any doubt. Of all the items I’ve read in the Shimano Archive, and I’ve read them all, this is the most definitive.

  2. “In addition, there were many Japanese priests and officials in attendance at the opening of Dai Bosatsu Monastery.”

    Noteworthy by his absence was Soen Nakagawa.

  3. The link to Japanese version does not work and such page does not appear to be a part of Myoshin-ji website. Please provide valid link to original version.

    • I resent your implication that I’ve somehow staged this. I don’t have the time to waste nor actually enough interest in American Zen cults of personality to go around making stuff up when the reality of the situation far exceeds anything I could imagine.

  4. Thank you for the explanation. I will contact Myoshin-ji to see why they have taken it down. And indeed, if you have no time to waste do not publish crap.

    • Aren’t you just a little ray of sunshine. Showing up on my blog to accuse me of fraudulent behavior for passing on a piece of information that happens to be true, then again insinuating it’s bogus information with your word “crap”.

      Maybe direct your hostility towards it’s actual origin, Mr. Shimano, rather than the messenger.

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