July 19, 2010
Last week we indicated we'd contacted the Zen Studies Society (ZSS) regarding Eido Shimano Roshi's status at the organization. The President of ZSS's board sent the following statement in response:
We are grateful beyond words for the incomparable gift of Eido Roshi's Dharma treasure, and for his unstinting efforts to root Rinzai Zen Buddhism in American soil. Ever at home in the unconditional realm he spurs us to go beyond the relative vista.
Nevertheless, we cannot ignore the world of causation.
On July 4, 2010, Eido Shimano Roshi stepped down from the board of directors of the Zen Studies Society (ZSS). This was prompted by allegations of clergy misconduct. The ZSS is committed to fully investigating, clarifying and bringing resolution to this matter. Eido Roshi's wife, Aiho-san Shimano, also stepped down from the Board at that time.
It was with deepest gratitude and respect for their years of service to this organization and their humble effort to assist us in honestly processing this matter and preparing us for their transition from temporal authority, that we accepted their resignations from the ZSS Board.
After discussion with senior members of the American Zen Teachers Association, the ZSS's board has decided to seek outside professional assistance to move this process forward with openness and compassion for all.
We thank the ZSS board for their openness and prompt response and we wish them all the best going forward.
UPDATE: In response to further questions (see comments below), the Board writes: "While Eido Roshi has resigned from the Board, he remains abbot of NYZ and DBZ. Internal discussions continuing."