November 2, 2015Eido Shimano, for those who hardly remember or don't know at all, is a Japanese fellow who came to the U.S. in the 1960's and was instrumental in helping to create two Zen centers -- Zen Studies Society in New York City and Dai Bosatsu Monastery in upstate New York. In the 1980's, his womanizing and financial shenanigans came to light. What followed was, to put it politely, a shit storm. At this late date, who will remember? Not many, I think ... which may be one reason he wrote his letter: Even a villain likes his publicity.
Dear Dharma Brothers and Sisters,
We never know when our departure day will come. Now, at the age of 83, I am more aware than ever of the transiency of life. In addition, Aiho has been seriously ill for over a year.
I would like to meet with you face-to-face on Saturday, November 21, to speak openly from the heart. I know that many of you discontinued your practice at the Zen Studies Society, but I hope you will participate in the meeting from 2 to 5 p.m.
Judy Chang, minister at All Souls Unitarian Church, is kindly making her chapel available to us for this. The address is 1157 Lexington Avenue (at 80th St.), New York City.
My wish is to express my ignorance and sincere regret for hurting the hearts of the Sangha. It is my hope that through this face-to-face meeting, our heavy burden can be laid to rest, for you and for us all.
Gempo Roshi said again and again, "Human beings are emotional beings." I now understand this golden teaching at last.
Eido Tai Shimano
For those wanting to touch base with old and dusty and once-painful matters, resources include the Shimano Archive and a variety of segments of this blog
and so forth and so on.)
It's all old, now -- old, old, old. Many a spiritual aspirant's heart was broken. Shimano may get his ginned-up resurrection, but I, for one, will not be there to agree with such fantasies.