Thursday, December 30, 2010

Eido Shimano: Please go away.

Having read the recent stuff (HT: Nathan) and Genjo Marinello's take on it (via Open Buddha; also see the Tricycle Blog post comments)  I encourage the Board of the Zen Studies Society to do whatever they can at this point to ensure that Eido Shimano does not conduct dokusan or other dharma inteviews on Zen Studies Society/Dai Bosatsu Zendo or other affiliated Rinzai lineage property.

I mean, this has gone far enough.  I hadn't spoken out as much as I might have because I believed that it was a large part of the responsibility for Shimano's dharma heirs to handle, but at this point (and I think they're moving in that direction) this is simply de trop.

Ultimately, it's  matter of human beings doing some of the worse things human beings can do, and executing the proper response thereto.
  
At this point, however, with Shimano's letter which is stuck hard in denial mode,  I think there's no alternative but for Shimano to retire permanently.  I wish his heirs well in their dealings with him. I think they know what to do now.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why in the three worlds do you think that the currently active heirs "know" what to do with Shimano?

Further, even if they had a goal what makes you think they can achieve it?

Realize that each and everyone of the few long standing adherents have tolerated, if not actively encouraged, Shimano's unethical behaviors for their own personal reasons (or personal deficiencies).

Ms. Chayat, one of those long time members has been involved with the group for some 40 years is Mr. Shimano's hand picked choice among his alleged "Dharma heirs" for abbot. What is the likelihood that all of a sudden she will personally find real integrity and the backbone to send Shimano away, and find the charisma and the appeal and skill needed to raise the substantial funds to keep the organization functional? (Recall they have a brownstone on the Upper East Side of NYC and several buidling including a large monastery building on some 1000+ acres in the Catskill mountains of NYS.)

Will she re-establish relations with the Rinzai establishment and find herself a new teacher with integrity?

Will she go back to the roots of Buddhism and begin implementing ethical training as well as Buddhist teachings and not just meditation techniques and the most superficial exposition of Zen stories? But then How can she when she has not had such training herself?

It is essential that the maha-sangha keep and eye on this very cult-like "Zen" group. We'll probably know within three years whether Ms. Chayat will clean up the group as some hope, closes up shop, or merely continues as a Shimano clone.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous - well said.

I wouldn't go near any so-called "teacher" even vaguely affiliated with Shimano. Whatever they think they're teaching I can assure you it isn't Zen.

- James.

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