Saturday, October 10, 2009

John Daido Loori Roshi


Four weeks ago I was visiting with John Daido Loori Roshi in his abbot's home, at the end of a trail through the woods that leads from the Zen Mountain Monastery he established in upstate New York. He was very sick, but graced me with an interview in which he gave remarkably lucid teachings. I asked him about his sense of his teacher Maezumi Roshi's presence after his death, and he said how he felt him to be present every day. 'He is in the air now.'
Daido Roshi passed away yesterday, 9th October. His center has posted some fine pages of tribute. I trust that his community continues to find their Daido Roshi 'in the air' for them.

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