Meido Moore (1968) is the abbot of Korinji monastery - our headquarters temple near Madison, Wisconsin - and guiding teacher of the Korinji Rinzai Zen Community.
Meido Roshi began Zen training in 1988 and 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. Aside from Zen, he is also ordained in the Mt. Koshikidake tradition of Shugendo. Before his ordination he traveled internationally for many years as a professional martial art teacher.
Meido Roshi is the author of The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice (Shambhala Publications, 2018) and Hidden Zen: Practices for Sudden Awakening and Embodied Realization (Shambhala Publications, 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.
Through Zen, one's entire life becomes the dojo: a place of enlightenment. Zen shows us that the path of wisdom and compassion, our true path, has always been right here at our own feet:
At this moment, what is there you lack?
Nirvana presents itself before you!
This very place is the Pure Land,
This very body, the Buddha.
- Hakuin Ekaku Zenji (1685-1768)
RINZAI ZEN PRACTICE
The essential point of all Zen practice is to be awakened through a direct seeing of one's true nature: kensho. Open and undefiled, free of fabrication, grasping or fear, beyond effort and dualistic concept - this is the recognition of your own "original face".
Practice methods characteristic of the Rinzai Zen tradition include sanzen (encounter with the teacher), zazen (seated meditation), a highly developed use of koan meditation, and extensive practices training the breath and subtle energetic systems (for example, the foundational breathing method of tanden soku centered on the navel energy center, and Hakuin's famous nanso no ho and naikan no ho practices). Rinzai Zen is also well known for adapting a range of complementary disciplines to refine the human being and manifest wisdom in activity: fine arts such as calligraphy, and physical culture like martial arts, are traditional examples which facilitate Zen insight through the body.
Through devoted practice of this kind one swiftly gains unshakeable confidence in one's own natural mind as both path and fruit of the Way. Training ceaselessly, revealing this wisdom in the play of daily activities, freedom and liberation naturally unfold. Zen is extremely direct, and its methods can seem severe. But those who undertake its practice may attain deep realization within this very life. The authentic expression of such realization is compassion.
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.