Timeline of Zen Buddhism in the United States

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Below is a timeline of important events regarding Zen Buddhism in the United States. Dates with "?" are approximate.

Events[edit]

Early history[edit]

1950s[edit]

Hsuan Hua, America's first Chinese Chan teacher.

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000—2009[edit]

Merle Kodo Boyd became the first African-American woman to receive Dharma transmission in Zen Buddhism in 2006.

2010-Present[edit]

Taitaku Pat Phelan is a Sōtō Zen priest and current abbot of Chapel Hill Zen Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  • 2010: Robert Aitken dies in Hawaii at age 93.
  • 2010: Eko Little resigns as abbot of Shasta Abbey due to misconduct and subsequently disrobes[6]
  • 2010: Eido Shimano resigns from the board of the Zen Studies Society due to misconduct in July; retires as abbot of the Zen Studies Society in December
  • 2010: The Soto Zen Buddhist Association (SZBA) approves a document honoring the women ancestors in the Zen tradition at its biannual meeting on October 8th, 2010. Female ancestors, dating back 2,500 years from India, China, and Japan, may now be included in the curriculum, ritual, and training offered to Western Zen students. [7]
  • 2011: Roko Sherry Chayat was installed as the second Abbot of Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji on New Year's Day.
  • 2011: February, Dennis Genpo Merzel steps down as abbot of the Kanzeon Zen Center and resigns as elder of the White Plum Asanga due to sexual misconduct[8]
  • 2011: Joko Beck dies
  • 2012: Helen Cortes, Lee Ann Nail and Maria Reis-Habito received Dharma Transmission from Ruben Habito of Maria Kannon Zen Center.
  • 2012: Dana Kojun Hull receives Dharma Transmission from Jan Chozen Bays and Hogen Bays at Great Vow Zen Monastery
  • 2012: Seikan Hasegawa's book Essays for Buddhist Trainees is published by Great Ocean Publishers
  • 2013: Korinji [祖的山光林禅寺], a Rinzai Zen monastery in the line of Tekio Sogen Roshi, is dedicated near Madison, Wisconsin.
  • 2014: Kyozan Joshu Sasaki dies in Los Angeles at age 107.
  • 2014: Kyogen Carlson dies in Portland at age 65

References[edit]

  1. ^ American National Biography Online: D.T. Suzuki
  2. ^ Kernan, Michael (March 19, 1974). "When East Meets West". The Washington Post. 
  3. ^ Berkley, Jack (June 26, 1975). "A Priest in Pursuit of Zen". The Montgomery Journal. 
  4. ^ von Sturmer, Richard (2000). "Mind to Mind". ZenBow. Numbers 2 & 3 XXII (Summer 2000): 25-27. 
  5. ^ Zen master who?: a guide to the people and stories of Zen By James Ishmael Ford
  6. ^ Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, Public Statement from the General Meeting of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives
  7. ^ http://emptynestzendo.org/2010/10/women-ancestors-document-approved/
  8. ^ Genpo Merzel Disrobes