MAEZUMI Hakuyu Taizan Koun (1931-14 May 1995).


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Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi, Roshi, 64, Abbot of the Zen Center of Los Angeles and a seminal influence on the growth of Zen Buddhism in the United States, died suddenly in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, May 14, 1995.

Born in Japan in 1931, Maezumi, Roshi was ordained as a Soto Zen monk at age 11. After graduation from Komazawa University, he studied at Sojiji, one of the two main Soto Zen monasteries in Japan.

He came to the United States in 1956 as a priest at Zenshuji, the headquarters of the Soto Zen Mission to the United States, located in downtown Los Angeles.

In 1969 he founded what has become the Zen Center of Los Angeles, and in 1976 established the Kuroda Institute for the Study of Buddhism and Human Values. Both the Zen Center of Los Angeles and Zen Mountain Center near Idyllwild, Calif., which he went on to establish in 1983, offer Zen instruction emphasizing the importance of individual realization and lifetime practice.

"Maezumi, Roshi devoted his life to laying a firm foundation for the growth of Buddhism in the West," said Professor Peter N. Gregory, Director of the Program for the Study of Religion at the University of Illinois. "His teaching fostered a deep appreciation of life among his students, who learned through his gentle but steady guidance that being intimate with oneself is the key to living harmoniously in the world and nurturing compassionate understanding toward others. The influence of his personal presence and teaching have left a lasting imprint on the emerging shape of American Buddhism."

He is survived by his wife, Martha, and children Kirsten, Yuri and Yoshi, all of Idyllwild, Calif.

Services will he held every Sunday through July 2 at 8:30 a.m. at the Zen Center of Los Angeles, 923 So. Normandie Ave.; and at 9:30a.m. at the Zen Mountain Center. The major Memorial Service in this country will be held in early July on a date yet to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Zen Center of Los Angeles.

Born in his father's temple in Otawara, Tochigi prefecture, Japan. Ordained a Soto monk in 1942. Completed studies in Oriental literature and philosophy at Komazawa Univ. After that he trained at Sojiji under Watanabe Genshu. In 1955 received Dharma transmission from Hakujun Kuroda Roshi. In 1956 arrived to the USA came to Los Angeles as priest of Zenshuji temple. Studied English at Pasadena City College and at San Francisco State. In 1966 established the Zen Centre of Los Angeles. On December 7, 1970 received Dharma transmission from Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, thus becoming Dharma successor in two major lines of Rinzai Zen. In 1976 established Kuroda Institute for Transcultural Studies (now called Kuroda Institute for the Study of Buddhism & Human Values). He also was the founding influence behind the Zen Arts Center.

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