Shuichi Thomas Kurai

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Shuichi Thomas Kurai
Religion Buddhism
School Japanese Soto Zen
Nationality U.S. Citizen
Children Garrett Keiichi Kurai
Senior posting
Based in Montebello, California, United States
Title Abbot

Reverend Shuichi Thomas Kurai (born 1947) is 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 instructs others in how to play taiko. Kurai is a member of the American Zen Teachers Association.[1][2][1]


  1. ^ Wong, 197-198
  2. ^ Paul