Controversial Zen Master Sasaki-Roshi dead at 107

Via Sweeping Zen, ‘Joshu Sasaki Roshi, the Japanese-born Rinzai Zen teacher and founder of Rinzai-ji, died on Sunday at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California at 107 years old. He was musician Leonard Cohen’s teacher. Sasaki Roshi came to America in 1962 and in 1963 the Rinzai Zen Dojo Association was created, later becoming Rinzai-ji and opening as Cimarron Zen Center in Los Angeles. In 1970 Mount Baldy Zen Center was established, serving as Rinzai-ji’s main training facility for monks and nuns. In more recent years allegations of years of sexual impropriety with some of his female students surfaced online and in print, eventually making it to The New York Times…’