September 07, 2010

A message from Eido Shimano

We were sent a copy of the following message from Eido Shimano Roshi. It originally came from the office of the Zen Studies Society and was sent to Sangha members. We confirmed with ZSS that we would post it only with their approval. They gave it, and expressed the hope that it might reach readers who could not be contacted directly.

September 7, 2010

Dear Friends,

I would like to acknowledge the pain and unnecessary suffering you went through in your hearts due to my faults. I have a profound feeling of remorse for my actions.

This August marked my 50th anniversary in the United States. During this half-century I have received so much from people the world over. Over time, I took your kindness for granted and arrogance grew in my heart. As a result, my sensitivity to feel the pain of others decreased. Now, as I reflect on the past, I realize how many people's feelings and trust in me were hurt by my words and deeds. Please accept my heartfelt apology.

My mother was the person who encouraged me the most to follow Buddha's path. Tomorrow is her memorial day, as she passed away on September 8, 1986. Hearing her voice, I have decided to observe my 50th anniversary in the United States by stepping down from my position as abbot of the Zen Studies Society on the last day of Rohatsu sesshin in 2010.

Even though I carry sadness in my heart, as a Buddhist monk, my vow to practice will not end. In order to preserve the Dharma legacy, ensure the training of future teachers, and to purify my own karma, I must march on.

Gassho,

Eido Shimano

The 2010 calendar of ZSS activities will not be affected, the Board says in a follow-up email.

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Anon's picture

The help he needs is to be taken away from students and his position of authority. It is these things that keep him mired in his pattern of behavior. In not completely removing him the Board and leaders of the ZSS are actually empowering and enabling his antisocial behavior...

Anon's picture

Psychopath is right on. Lying, sexually exploitive, selfish, remorseless, without compassion for anyone. Sick, right?

"Dear Friends,

I would like to acknowledge the pain and unnecessary suffering you went through in your hearts due to my faults. I have a profound feeling of remorse for my actions"

Try to help a sick person? Why?

Anonymous's picture

I thought the subject was rats.

Anon's picture

One does not need a veterinary degree to say, "That is a horse."

Anon's picture

Anonyjo wrote:

"These suggestions completely ignore the reality that the person being dealt with is a full-blown psychopath who has no empathy for any being and cannot even acknowledge that he has done anything wrong other than “getting caught.”

Anonyjo: I don't believe for a second that you have a professional credential, or for that matter even a psychological textbook on your bookshelf, that would enable you to even hint at a psychological diagnosis, as you have done. Pure smear/wishful thinking on your part.

Take a look in the shimanoarchive, March, 1993, Section V (last version of the by-laws that I could find), spelling out the so-called terms of resignation for a ZSS abbot. They are amorphous to the point of being non-existent. ZSS may be completely over a barrel legally, in my unprofessional (not a lawyer) opinion, with regards to trying to remove Mr. Shimano. The December date announced by Mr. Shimano, unfortunately, may be the best they can manage.

Anon's picture

Take note Zen teachers: AZTA members… You are witnessing a cover-up that is being propagated in public right in front of your noses by people you might consider your friends and colleagues. Take note Zen students: have your teachers stood idly by, keeping their mouths shut, practicing “noble silence,” “not getting involved,” not “violating the precepts” while this nonsense is promulgated?

Zen Buddhism in America is in for even harder times so long as this charade continues. Please sign the petition, at least go on the record as having opposed the wrong being done.

http://www.sanghaconvergence.org/

Anon's picture

"This man cannot be dealt with using “simple compassion.”

Absolutely correct. A better model would be very tough love beginning with cutting off, separation from his present duties and concerns whereever they come in contact with others.

Not going to happen.

Anon's picture

His abuse has been admitted... it is not "alleged."

Anon's picture

'There is a very dangerous individual in control at ZSS and he is surrounded by people who are incapable of seeing the truth and responding in an independent manner..'

OK- what makes this individual dangerous? It is the alleged damaged he has done to other, living, real, individual--right? In this alleged, religious, environment none of his followers want to remove him for whatever reasons: their own ecclesiastical ambitions, weak-willed, or they don't feel he should 'get off the property'. Therefore,--the only way to remove him is through a legal course of action. And for this to happen, the alleged 'damaged individuals' MUST collectively, perhaps with some financial support of the anti-shimano camp, come forward and SUE ZSS--for sexual abuse by its Head Priest. The only way. All the bitter vitriol directed to the Board, Shimano is a waste of time. Put your $$$$ where your pain is, and put a case together. This is America, for christsakes.

Anonyjo's picture

The involvement of the FTI was the equivalent of the suggestion put forward in the “Zen teacher’s letter” of August 1995 that stated, “The most obvious solution to the problem would be Shimano Roshi’s resignation. There may be another option in the form of a program designed to help him with his harmful predilections, although of course the mere completion of such a program does not guarantee a cure.” These suggestions completely ignore the reality that the person being dealt with is a full-blown psychopath who has no empathy for any being and cannot even acknowledge that he has done anything wrong other than “getting caught.” Are American Zen leaders so inculcated into “psycho-politically-correctness” that they don’t get that Eido Shimano is a very sick and vicious man who has trampled over “well intentioned,” “reasonable,” “fair-minded” people all his life? This man cannot be dealt with using “simple compassion.”

There is a very dangerous individual in control at ZSS and he is surrounded by people who are incapable of seeing the truth and responding in an independent manner. All those who have raised the issue of Mr. Shimano “entering a program,” “engaging in counseling,” or “entering into therapy” cannot recognize one simple fact: Eido Shimano is not interested in facing his harmful predilections, he doesn’t even see the damage and suffering he has left in his wake. He doesn’t WANT to change, he looks forward to his next “sex-rush” in conquest of the next vulnerable woman who crosses his path. This is the truth not a lie….

In failing to remove Mr. Shimano immediately from power as strongly suggested by The Faith Trust Institute and many, many others, the ZSS Board has painfully failed in exercising their fiduciary responsibility to the sangha. The people on the Board were selected for specific qualities by Shimano and are holding true to his expectations. As it stands now, the Board is lost in a morass of problems and issues they are woefully unprepared to deal with.

The ZSS has lost a lot of their most intelligent and insightful members through this, and many other éclat’s over the years. ZSS is left, by a process of elimination, with an even more concentrated group of “true-believers” who are unable or unwilling to see the truth before their own eyes. ZSS has shrunk considerably and turned into an even more isolated “Japanophilic personality cult” than it was before. And the man who, is graciously honored by his Dharma heir when he declared, “his responsibility for these actions is 80% or more, but not all his.” is slowly, quietly, but ever-so deliberately, “morphed” into “the revered, elder abbot emeritus.”

Love poems will be written about this metamorphosis…

Anon's picture

"Can someone please explain why even these factors have anything to do with not having Shimano removed from any and all teaching positions and asked to leave the grounds of DBZ and the NY Zendo."

--Sounds like the ZSS Board of Directors, based on current bylaws, does not have the power to do this.

Anonymous's picture

The Faith Trust Institute was hired by ZSS to advise, educate, and serve as an alternate source of contact for women who were sexually exploited by Shimano. After gathering information and hearing from women whose stories were credible, the Faith Trust Institute strongly advised that Shimano step down immediately, not waiting until the end of Rohatsu in honor of the Buddha's enlightenment. They continue to diasgree with ZSS decision to have Shimano continue in his role.

ZSS did not follow the advice of the organization they hired. Part of the reason, as I understand it, is that there are legal problems regarding Shimano's total retirement package, and his legal position as director of the board although he has stepped down from from being present at meetings. Can someone please explain why even these factors have anything to do with not having Shimano removed from any and all teaching positions and asked to leave the grounds of DBZ and the NY Zendo. If any established students wish to continue with him certainly they can at another location. Instead, the plan appears to allow Shimano to mentor Roko for her first several months as Abbot including already likely offers to Shimano to return for Teishos and to be available for consultation.

On top of this the word RESIGNATION has changed to RETIREMENT and allegations of misconduct have been edited out of Wikipedia.

Please explain these actions.

Anonymous's picture

Theres's a petition asking for Shimano to step down immediately. Why aren't more people signing this - at least as a historic document of the many people ZSS ignored.

www.sanghaconvergence.com

Anonymous's picture

"Why won’t the board eject him from every room under their control? Or do they not have control?"

Seems that Shimano usually managed to pick each member for his / her loyalty | love | dedication | devotion to him and not necessarily for their decency, basic morality or common sense, much less for the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. These people evidently are very, very attached to him, and / or the idea of they think he has to offer them. Examine the Shimanoarchive.com and you will see that very, very few have turned against him in all this time. Those few who have wanted change in the organization beginning with his admission of wrong doing and some form of repentance and / or getting some kind of psychiatric help become marginalized and being in the minority have departed ZSS or keep such a low profile as to be ineffective in securing change

Some have called this cult behavior; but regardless of what it is labeled it is what we can see -- they will not or cannot remove Shimano. Thus far he will remain in the organization as Abbot Emeritus meaning that he will sill be an influential advisor. Further, he will evidently attempt to enforce contractual agreements meaning the organization will maintaining him and his wife for the rest of their lives in a very comfortable lifestyle suitable to the Upper East Side of New York, and regardless of any new directions the leaders take in the future the Shimano's will be a major financial burden that may consume a major portion of the organization's assets and that alone may be it's undoing.

There is much the Maha Sangha can learn from studying many aspects of this group.

Anonymous's picture

"And I thought the Baker Roshi incident bad enough."

Of course, this is a bit more than an "incident."

It's nearly 50 years of predatory behavior - in the bedroom, interview room, board room and every other room he enters.

Why won't the board eject him from every room under their control? Or do they not have control?

Anonymous's picture

"Shame of the ZSS Board for harboring this man and providing him with a venue of honor."

And I thought the Baker Roshi incident bad enough. This is off the charts.

Anonyjo's picture

I wonder if he will speak about his trail of "survivors" stretching back 46 years? Will he offer words of compassion for all the people he has hurt? Will he tell us of one single act of compassion he has performed out of his "remorse"?

I doubt it... Shame of the ZSS Board for harboring this man and providing him with a venue of honor.

anon's picture

Anyone going to hear what Eido has to say tonite at Shoboji?

Anonyjo's picture

Good luck with your practice son.

Spike's picture

Sorry but, no, your questions are NOT answers.

The message from Mr. Shimano was authenticated on blog by (the real) Mr. Marinello, I believe. Yes, there should also be a formal letter from Mr. Shimano in blood seal with lab-tested DNA verification.

All other substantive (non-whiny) questions you have asked in 10/03/10, #81: well, of course, each one of us is personally entitled to know all those answers, and right now.

Anonyjo's picture

You asked Spike.... I answered. Now you're trying to deflect as if I don't know the answers. YOU ask the Board you trust so much.....

Spike's picture

Your questions are better directed to the ZSS Board and the Ethics Committee. If you do not want the answers, the best thing to do is not to ask either entity, and keep on speculating in (cyber)space.

Genjo's picture

No, I’m not Genjo Marinello…. the nick is just to make a point.

The primary action of the current ZSS Board that people question is its mode of communication through public blogs. The public has yet to see a single official document from the ZSS concerning anything at all. Is it so difficult for the Board to release official information on ZSS letterhead bearing the signature of an officer and post it on the ZSS website?

The public finds the text email “Message from Eido Shimano” lacking in content and completely lacking in credibility, it isn’t on ZSS stationary, it has no signature. Despite assurances from “legal experts” in the blogosphere, “in this day and age” - such documents are not considered legally acceptable. A judge being presented with such a piece of paper would dismiss it with disdain. Just go through the archives and examine some of the resignation letters submitted by so many people to the ZSS board. They have signatures, they are acknowledged on ZSS stationary and signed by officers.

The “Message from Eido Shimano” is disrespectful to the sangha and contemptuous on the part of Eido Shimano and the people on the ZSS Board who were so woefully ignorant of courteous procedures, or themselves contemptuous, so as to allow an emailed text message pass for courteous communication on such a weighty issue.

That’s for starts…

What happened to “The Ethics Committee”? What happened to The Faith Trust Institute? Was the sangha invited to “the sangha” meeting on Labor Day or was it just a “representative” handful of “reliable” sangha members? Where is an official communication from Sherry Chayat? What happened to the idea of transparency? Who is the ZSS attorney at present? Who is representing Eido Shimano? It just goes on and on… People need verifiable information not comments by Genjo on some random public blog somewhere.

As for the Shimano “pension contract” prepared (but most certainly under the personal direction of Eido Shimano) by Mr. Afable, how does anyone know if it has not been renegotiated since? Just examine the numbers of pension related negotiations, deals and schemes in the archives and you begin to grasp the notion of the machinations involved with the Shimano’s in these matters. Consider how much the sangha would know about these matters were it not for the forced transparency brought about by the shimanoarchive. Would the sangha still be happily going along paying “membership dues” to support the Shimano retirement schemes to a non-membership corporation? Would the current Board members even be aware of some of the ZSS history but not for the archives?

So, yes, there are a lot of unanswered questions. There is a lot that requires communication and sangha verification before the organization Board can be trusted.

Spike's picture

What specific actions taken by the current ZSS Board don't you trust?

Should the current ZSS Board not support the pension contract written, in part, by Mr. Fernando Afable, and instead abrogate it?

Anonymous's picture

And others also choose not to trust a board of directors, inlcuding dharma heirs on that board, who continue in any way to support a man with a half-century track record of making poor choices that have caused harm to so many of our brothers and sisters.

Anonymous's picture

Others choose not to trust any choices made by a man with a half-century track record of making poor choices that have caused harm to so many of our sisters and brothers.

Anon's picture

Anonymous 75,

" Removing him would give him the opportunity to learn what he very much needs to learn."

Here is another way to see this.

Leaving him where is he is, if where he is, excludes abbot and no students at all for a set period of time is still an opportunity to learn. If Eido Shimano wants to learn something from this he will do so whether at ZSS or elsewhere. If he does not where ever he is makes no difference.

Perhaps it is better to know where he is and what he is up to than not to know either of these.

A tether to ZSS in this sense might be useful and appropriate.

The question then becomes; who holds the tether, watching?

This has always come down to trust no matter how it is wrapped. ES has clearly demonstrated he no longer deserves trust so .......

I choose to trust his chosen heirs and a reconstituted board of ZSS to do this. He stays so as to be watched.

And I choose to pay some attention to how it goes.

I am moving on. Stuff needs doing.

w palms together.
REDdirt
Anonymous
Mike

Anon's picture

I do not see it differently at all.

Anonymous's picture

Anon 73. Your point is well taken. However, what would YOU do about Eido Roshi?

He has "repented" and "apologized" before, but remained unchanged in his conduct. I believe he must be removed from active participation in ZSS because he has demonstrated several times that he cannot learn the lesson he needs to learn while remaining in a position of honor and power, to which he is apparently clinging. Removing him would give him the opportunity to learn what he very much needs to learn. How do you see it differently?

Anonymous's picture

73 Anon

"YOU dislike Eido Shimano’s behavior and I well may not like YOURS."

An entrenched enabler who claims a bizarro universalist compassion as he stubbornly remains among a the remaining handful of likeminded cultists swimming in the odoriferous sewerage of Zen Studies.

Om Mani Padme Hum!

Anon's picture

" By some standards, everyone who stayed and studied with Eido Roshi was an enabler who should now leave. Who will then be left?"

No one. Not one lousy soul.

" Picking up the pieces means picking everyone up who wants to continue studying/training/teaching at ZSS, if possible, and helping them to realize their delusion — everyone helping everyone else. Except, obviously, Eido Roshi must leave, it’s true. ..."

Let's cut to the chase on this one.

As we all enable this to some degree. We are also all "in pieces" in this and need some "picking up" no one is excluded from this profile.

If you cut out anyone from this "picking up the pieces" us you must cut us out of it. No one is left.

YOU dislike Eido Shimano's behavior and I well may not like YOURS.

So, skreech, holler. Pose this as you will. Dust that Buddha well.

If you want much good to come of it, play with the full deck.

Us.

Anonymous's picture

By some standards, everyone who stayed and studied with Eido Roshi was an enabler who should now leave. Who will then be left? By those standards, Aitken Roshi was an enabler because he attended the opening of Dai Bosatsu monastery and sat on the platform with Eido Roshi putting his "stamp of approval" on him while knowing of his sexual misconduct.

Picking up the pieces means picking everyone up who wants to continue studying/training/teaching at ZSS, if possible, and helping them to realize their delusion -- everyone helping everyone else. Except, obviously, Eido Roshi must leave, it's true. He cannot continue because he has proved too dangerous to others. Sadly, he had many opportunities to recognize his delusion and change his ways, and chose not to do so.

Thats what "Continuing on or Way and purifying the mind" means -- and it could be a great teaching for all concerned, one in humility, recognition, realization. Otherwise, I believe, ZSS will just have one delusion replaced by another, as is often the case when reformers come in and overthrow the old regime and set themselves up as the new righteousness and purity.

Anonymous's picture

Anon 62,

You seem to be saying that those who oppose a predator such as Shimano are "desperately afraid of themselves"?

Perhaps. In some cases. At some point in time. But, on the whole, your whole piece is way too complicated. Yes, while the "Great Way" "contains" both the "good" and the "evil," there is a much simpler and clearer path than you suggest for the practitioner and, perhaps, yourself:

Do not commit evil;
Do good devotedly;
Purify your mind.
This is the essential teaching of all Buddhas.
- Dharmapada Verse 183

Unethical Conduct is "evil."
Side lining a person exhibiting various forms of Unethical Conduct is "good."
Continuing on our Way is "purifying the mind."

Peace. Clarity. Real Wisdom.

Anonymous's picture

The "is there no end to delusion" was in reference to the post before mine regarding Ikku ...."claimed sex with him was a spiritual experience".

I thought my comment at the moment, by referencing the statements of the 2 women and applying them to Shimano was satirical by way of demoting god-dome, but it was over the line in confidentiality, even without their names, and generally in bad taste. There's nothing humorous about sexual abuse. Apologies.

Anon's picture

an. 62 writes

".... from 2 women involved with Shimano - “He wasn’t that great”. Ahhh..is there no end to delusion?"

Let's get this straight. These two experienced gals say to you, "He wasn't that great." and you say, " Ahhh..is there no end to delusion?"

So then, 62?

In your, Ahhh ... opinion, was Eido great or not?

Anonymous's picture

an. and on 59 to an. and on 62

sorry you are getting such a bashing. It's not you, it's the delusions and deceptions that need to be taken down. And an. and on and an. and on we will go for a way that is clear for future students who are sincere in their search for great understanding and how that can manifest life-giving relationship. Life-giving while we have it....another sort of lunatic zen perhaps.

You advised that students not project all sorts of qualities onto Shimano. You can apply that to those you think "bite his wings off and throw him out of the hive". I have no such power. There is no gang casting him out. His own actions are catching up to him and is happening in the light of this time.

Quite likely it's probable that Shimano will move to a comfortable retirement. It's likely he's working on how to protect his financial assets this very week. What is not likely is that he is concerned for the future of his longer term students and heirs who are spending enormous time and energy to help him. Sad. This aspect of Shimano has a contempoary name - pathological. It's hard to imagine this kind of mentality for most of us ordinary and often thoughtful bumpkins.

One more thing - on bringing down the gods. I've heard it said from 2 women involved with Shimano - "He wasn't that great". Ahhh..is there no end to delusion?

Please be well, an. 62

anon's picture

slip sliding away, slip sliding away ....

Anonymous's picture

"It’s Ikkyu, not Ryokan, another lunatic.

Anon 62. an' on an' on - September 29, 2010, your whole piece was a long-winded way of justifying the position you and others take as enablers.

Forget about details such as Ikkyu went to brothels, but Shimano uses the Dokusan room for his sexual advances, and that Ikkyu wrote poetry but all Eido can do is decorate using other people's money.

Note instead that Ikkyu was condemned by the Rinzai Zen Buddhist establishment of the time. But, yes, some folks were impressed with the brothel visiting monk poet who entertained by speaking of "The Mysterious Dharma," and claimed sex with him was a "spiritual experience," just as Eido has adherents that clearly like his "precepts are for the little people" attitude.

As for "He has really sacrificed his own practice for others."

Balderdash!

He ignored the advice he got to continue to work on his character, to "purify" himself.

He ignored the example set by others to take off time and to do retreats (alone, in Ryutaku-ji, or where ever) and all he had to do was to consider what his own teacher did over the years.

It not so much about staying involved while outgrowing him but about this -

“Each student must be encouraged to take responsible measures to confront teachers with unethical aspects of their conduct. If the teacher shows no sign of reform, students should not hesitate to publicize any unethical behavior of which there is irrefutable evidence. This should be done irrespective of other beneficial aspects of his or her work and of one's spiritual commitment to that teacher. It should also be made clear in any publicity that such conduct is not in conformity with Buddhist teachings. No matter what level of spiritual attainment a teacher has, or claims to have, reached, no person can stand above the norms of ethical conduct.”

The statement issues after the meeting in Dharmsala, India in March of 1993 by His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tibetan lamas Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche, Pachen Otrul Rinpoche, and Amchok Rinpoche, and a group of twenty-two Western dharma teachers from the major Buddhist traditions in Europe and America.

At the very least the board member(s) of ZSS should be clear enough to stop whitewashing Shimano Wikipedia biography!

Anonymous's picture

anonymous - September 29, 2010
”If you have really outgrown him you’re OK.”

"What is a Dharma heir who chooses to stick around?"

Good question.

Here's the answer:

"f you need a crazy job done you hire a lunatic, trot him out like a monkey and he entertains."

So the short answer is... a Lunatic Monkey!

mike's picture

"The student must trust him to find trust in himself."

What an extraordinary statement. Even if it is true, it points directly at the problem Eido Shimano faces. IT is the responsibility of the teacher to foster such trust when it is necessary. Trust is not a blind spot to be exploited at will.

I would shy clear of such trust. Just slip slide quietly away.

anonymous's picture

" If you have really outgrown him you’re OK."

What is a Dharma heir who chooses to stick around?

an' on an' on's picture

Really important to stick to the point. Attempted character assassinations are the type of acrimony which is useless, labeling something as 'pathological' is really no different than saying that it is a 50 year old inexcusable consistent problem.
If RA said that they are part of the problem then he was partly right:
They didn't get rid of him because they needed him. In order to find faith you have to start with belief and for that you need credibility, mystery. The anonymous are angry because the god which they created,fed with their fears and desperations has become a monster. Even Eido Roshi and Soen Roshi have both said that they will surely go to hell. There is no blame here. If you need a crazy job done you hire a lunatic, trot him out like a monkey and he entertains.
He is a man who is stuck with incredible understanding and must teach no-thought to people who are desperately afraid of themselves. He has really sacrificed his own practice for others.The student must trust him to find trust in himself. Eventually the student matures enough to be able to see the teacher's place in the drama.
I certainly dont want to make apologies for conduct that everyone instinctively knows is fowl, but he should maybe be considered a victim as well as Sherry et al. So many people put all of their faith and trust in one person and expect him to be a saint to bear that burden. Do you still expect him to be a god or do you take
him for what he can really offer you?
Anyway, so you bite his wings off and throw him out of the hive:
You've done what's right and just..now what? If you have really outgrown him you're OK. Otherwise it must be understood that there is no easy resolution of this problem. It cant be whitewashed or disposed of neatly. He is useful but he presents a genuine deadly hazard not unlike fire. It's Ikkyu, not Ryokan, another lunatic.

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" About ongoing pressure to the board, the silence of AZTA members is puzzling."

Not really. There is little incentive, if a member, for doing this.

" What are the chances of a significant number of AZTA members writing a clear statement both in support of the boards efforts of moving toward complete sepatation from Shimano and in recognition of positive efforts ..."

Zip, nada chance. AZTA deliberately has no formal powers and likes it so. It is properly seen as and to be considered a peer support group. Once in, you have bought the concept.

Do you kick out a friend? Dis respect a peer?

ANON's picture

When a spark is struck, it is not known you can control the fire.

The internet changes everything and no one really controls it. A blessing and a curse.

If I am a student in this time and place, looking for information, I head for the internet. Finding what is now there, will I go to ZSS or DBZ or Shobo ji?

Not very likely at all.

Anonymous's picture

57 Anon to 58 Anon

Having already walked away I felt in a better place to act without adding to "hisory" - including my own. A thin line at times and much space required.

About ongoing pressure to the board, the silence of AZTA members is puzzling. What are the chances of a significant number of AZTA members writing a clear statement both in support of the boards efforts of moving toward complete sepatation from Shimano and in recognition of positive efforts such as the petition, the archives, several intelligent and insightful articles such as "sex and the sangha", the NY Times article, and blogs that created online "gate markers"?

The accumulated positive effort is historic in itself. Mind boggling actually.

But so also seems the present silence of the AZTA. I know that AZTA members received letters from the board asking for single focused support for themselves, and undermining other positive efforts. Arms around the whole maha-sangha, please, as teachers to so many.

Gently and respectfully

ANON's picture

Go right ahead. As gate markers go, there is a much better one to be found now on Google by typing in Eido Shimano and hitting the search key.

I do not advocate walking away from this or letting up/go on the pressure being applied to the board. We live in interesting times and good comes of such when the responsible act. So far action is has produced good results.

The Board has clearly said they will do, and when it comes to pass, it may well be as good as it's going to get.

It might all be moot at this point. ZSS is an island under extreme pressure to adapt and that can, in itself, be the seed which destroys it entirely. Reference second sentence above.

Anonymous's picture

To 56. Anon from 55. Anon.

May we inscribe your post in a gate outside DBZ and then walk away? Just one more effort? :))

Thank you

ANON's picture

" When this period ends, he says, those he wants back will be invited to return, and the rest can go somewhere else.”

This "go somewhere else" sounds like good advice and not just for those Eido did not want back. If people had taken this advice to heart he would now be abbot history. If they do so today they are making history.

The world is full of fools and more are borning every second. That nothing can be done about this but to stay away from those you know as such is a worthy contribution and perhaps the best fix now possible.

Anonymous's picture

"Why can't we change and be more mature about this and stop this useless acrimony?"

Because his behavior is pathological (includes always seeing the blame as outside) and the results are criminal. Mature and Compassionate adults also do what they can to bring this to light and try to stop it - certainly they don't just smooth the way. When it becomes public after years of failed attempts to resolve the problem internally we get the full range of responses. But, I really do appreciate your sentiment but have to respectfully disagree.

From the book "Ambivalent Zen", by Lawrence Shainberg - pg 164

"At first, they don't want to explain their departure - "You two are just beginning this practice," Claudia says, "you don't need to hear this" - but their restraint is short-lived. Within minutes after sitting down, they've told us evertything. Several women have accused Eido Roshi of sexual misconduct, and one of them, a reporter for the Village Voice, claims to have proof of his advances on a tape made with a hidden microphone. Now she is threatening to expose him in print. "But none of this is new!" says Sam. "He's been doing this for years! He doesn't care what age they are or what their condition is. I've seen him come on with middle-aged women and eighteen-year-olds, borderline psychotics and spaced-out acid heads. The whole parade of hopeless, frightened creatures who come to a zendo - they're all fair game for him. He does it at sesshin! Even in dokusan!"

More than sixty students, about 50 percent of the membership, have resigned from the sanghta. A petition is circulating that demands the roshi's dismissal by the Board of Directors. In response to the uproar, Eido has firmly denied all allegations. The women who've charged him, he claims, are acting out their own fantasies, and those ciculating the petition are expressing disappointment not with him but with themselves, their lack of sincerity and courage, their lack of commitment. Finally, seizng the initiative, he has dissolved the membership and closed the zendo and the monastery for thirty days. When this period ends, he says, those he wants back will be invited to return, and the rest can go somewhere else."

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