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Buddhadharma : Winter 2005
winter 2005| 86 |buddhadharma short. More time is spent talking informally. When they go back home, some send e-mails, but many go months without communicating. Daido Loori, Roshi, abbot of the Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate New York, sees White Plum as an important orga- nization, although he doesn’t attend meetings. Referring to his fellow teachers as “my dharma brothers and sisters,” he is full of goodwill for their various endeavors. Meeting of the White Plum Asanga at Kanzeon Zen Center International in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 2002. Front row (left to right): Ann Seisen Saunders, Catherine Genno Pages, Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Bill Yoshin Jordan, Joan Jiko Halifax, Dennis Genpo Merzel, Anton Tenkei Coppens, Tammy Myoho Gabrysch. Back row: Stefano Mui Barragato, Wendy Egyoku Nakao stEPhaniEyoungmErZEL “A couple of the successors run a very traditional kind of training, and at the other end there is a very modern, New Age kind of approach,” he says. “I’m at the traditional end, yet I see the place for a very loose kind of training, or training that is more ecumenical or socially active.” Genpo Roshi says this is the way it should be: successors should be encouraged to take their own path. “One of Maezumi Roshi’s major gifts was the diversity of his successors,” Genpo Roshi says. “No two of us are approaching the teachings in the same way. He basically empowered and entrusted each of his successors to find their own way. His living koan to his succes- sors was: How do I root and transmit the dharma here in the West? That was our koan, and still is.” Wendy Egyoku Nakao, the abbess of the ZCLA, is a sec- ond-generation successor (she received transmission from Bernie Glassman). She has introduced enormous changes to the cen- ter, including talking circles, atonement ceremonies, and shared stewardship. It’s important that people not be mere consumers of dharma centers, she says, but be involved in creating them. “We are asking, What is a sangha? What is that about? And how does what we’re studying manifest itself in how we live together?” Roshi Egyoku Nakao says. “The old model of top- down was a weight. We emphasize that the horizontal and verti- cal are together.” So long as the power to decide what to teach remains with each individual teacher, President Genpo Roshi is confident that White Plum will be around for years to come. “As long as we don’t control or dominate each other, there is no reason to split off.” 2006 Calendar On Sale Now! Supportrefugee Buddhist nuns by purchasing our 61⁄2”x 7” wall calendar, filled with beautiful color images of Tibetan life and culture, as well as inspiring quotes for each month. Includes Tibetan lunar calendar and ritual dates. $10.00 (in WA add .85) N $14.00 CDN ORDER NOW N email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 206-652-8901 N www.tnp.org We accept VISA & MasterCard TNP, 619 Western Ave. #22, Seattle, WA 98104 TNP is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization Photograph by Jeffery Davis TIBETAN NUNS PROJECT