October 09, 2009
UPDATE 3: Here is Daido Roshi's New York Times obituary.
UPDATE 2: Roshi John Daido Loori left this sphere of practice at 7:30AM this morning. If you would like to read Zen Master Bernie Glassman's eulogy, please click here.
UPDATE: The Mountains and Rivers Order reports that Daido Roshi has only a few days left to live. The ceremony scheduled for this weekend has been canceled.
From October 1st:
I heard this morning from several people that John Daido Loori Roshi was stepping down as head of the Mountains and Rivers Order, "descending the mountain." And today the following announcement appeared courtesy of Monkey Mind:
This past Sunday (John Daido Loori) Roshi met with the Zen Mountain Monastery Board of Directors to let them know he feels it is time for him step down as Abbot General of the Order and to pass his responsibilities on to the next generation.
He asked that Shugen Sensei step into the position of Abbot General, and that this go into effect immediately. He reiterated his previously stated wishes that Shugen Sensei assume the role of Abbot of the Zen Center of New York City and Ryushin Sensei assume the abbot's position of Zen Mountain Monastery.
There will be a formal ceremony at Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper, New York on October 11th.
Daido Roshi appeared many times in Tricycle over the years. He was profiled by John Kain, a former Tricycle staffer, in the Winter 2006 issue: Tackling Enlightenment. He was interviewed by Jeff Zaleski in the Winter 1999 issue: Straight Ahead. His gruff kindness and hard-won wisdom will be missed.
[Photo courtesy John Kain]