John Daido Loori, Roshi (1931-2009)

DaidoshiNew John Daido Loori Roshi was the founder of the Mountains and Rivers Order and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. A successor of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi, he was among a handful of Zen teachers to be recognized as holders of both the Soto and Rinzai lineages of Zen.Daido Roshi was known for his unique adaptation of traditional Buddhism into an American context, particularly with regard to the arts and the environment and the use of modern media as a vehicle of spiritual training and social change. He was the author of over twenty books, including True Dharma Eye: Master Dogen’s Three Hundred Koans and The Zen of Creativity.

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei

Shugen_2013 Shugen Sensei is the Head of the Mountains and Rivers Order and the abbot and resident teacher of the Zen Center of New York City. Shugen Sensei has been in full-time residential training since 1986; he received dharma transmission from Daido Roshi in 1997.  While he lives primarily at ZCNYC, he shares his time between there and the Monastery. His teachings have appeared in various Buddhist journals, The Best Buddhist Writing 2009, and his first book, O, Beautiful End, a collection of Zen memorial poems, was published in 2012.


Priests and Dharma Holders

Jody Hojin Kimmel, Osho

Hojin_2013 Hojin Osho has been in residence at Zen Mountain Monastery since 1991 and is the Training Coordinator there. Before entering monastic training, Hojin was a painter and ceramic artist, teaching and working out of her own studio. Hojin Osho studied with Daido Roshi until his passing, completing her training with Shugen Sensei. She received the priestly transmission from Shugen Sensei in 2012.

Ron Hogen Green, Dharma Holder

Hogen_2013 Hogen has been engaged in formal Zen practice since 1978, and was in residential training at the Monastery for twelve years. In 2007, Hogen returned to lay life. He currently lives with his family in Pennsylvania, where he works as a pharmacist.