Meido Moore (1968) is the abbot of Korinji monastery - our headquarters temple near Madison, Wisconsin - and guiding teacher of the Korinji Zen Community.
Meido Roshi grew up in New Jersey, attending Rutgers University and the Antioch Buddhist studies program in Bodh Gaya, India. He began Zen training in 1988, and after graduating with a degree in religious studies practiced under three Rinzai Zen teachers in the line of the great master Omori Sogen Roshi: the late Tenzan Toyoda Rokoji (dharma heir of Tenshin Tanouye Roshi of Chozen-ji) in whose training hall he resided for seven years while also enduring a severe training in traditional martial arts; Dogen Hosokawa Roshi (former abbot of Chozen-ji and the primary dharma heir of Omori Roshi) with whom he trained for fifteen years; and So'zan Miller Roshi (Hosokawa Roshi's heir and abbot of Daiyuzeni in Chicago) with whom he trained for three years. He has completed the koan curriculum of this lineage, and in 2008 received inka shomei or "mind seal": recognition as an 86th-generation lineage holder able to transmit the full range of Rinzai Zen practices. (You may see this lineage in detail here). He is one of few Westerners so certified. Aside from Zen, he is also ordained in the Mt. Koshikidake tradition of Shugendo.
Before his ordination Meido Roshi worked for many years as a professional Aikido teacher. He is also a trained bladesmith, using that craft now to support Korinji.
Meido Roshi is the author of The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice (Shambhala Publications, 2018). His next book, Hidden Zen: Transmitted Methods for Sudden Awakening and Embodied Realization, will be released by Shambhala in autumn 2020.
The Zen Buddhist teachings were transmitted from India to China in the 5th century. From there they have spread throughout Asia and to the world.
What am I? What is this life for? Why is there suffering? These are universal human questions that demand answers. Zen, however, is not a system of belief or dogma. It is an experiential recognition of your own deepest nature, and a mind-body training to embody that. With guidance from the teacher and through devoted practice of things like meditation, we may awaken to our intrinsic wisdom.
Anyone who is determined to live life in a manner manifesting wisdom and compassion can do so, and Zen provides the path. We welcome all sincere seekers.
AND OUR LINEAGE
Several dynamic teachers labored unsparingly to plant a vibrant Rinzai Zen training here in the West. Additionally, several other persons have been instrumental in developing our monastery and community. See here for information about them.
The formal Rinzai Zen lineage carried by our current abbot, Meido Roshi, may be viewed here.