Shuichi Thomas Kurai
|Shuichi Thomas Kurai|
|Born||December 14, 1947|
Katada, Shima-shi, Mie Prefecture, Japan
|Died||June 29, 2018 (age 70)|
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Children||Garrett Keiichi Kurai|
|Based in||Montebello, California, United States|
Shuichi Thomas Kurai (December 14, 1947—June 29, 2018) was a Japanese-born Soto Zen roshi and head abbot of Sozenji Buddhist Temple in Montebello, California. Raised in a Soto temple in Japan, he moved to California with his parents in 1952, where his father (Reverened Shuyu Kurai) served as priest at the Zenshuji Soto Mission in Little Tokyo. In addition to his role as a Zen teacher, Kurai also instructed others in how to play taiko. Kurai was a member of the American Zen Teachers Association.
Kurai died on June 29, 2018 at the age of 70 following a diagnosis of adult T-Cell leukemia.
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