Meido Moore Roshi (1968) is the abbot of Korinji, our monastery in Wisconsin, and guiding teacher of the Korinji Rinzai Zen Community. He is the author of The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice and Hidden Zen: Practices for Sudden Awakening and Embodied Realization (both from Shambhala Publications).
Meido Roshi began Zen practice in 1988 and trained under three teachers in the line of the great 20th century Rinzai master Omori Sogen Roshi: the late Tenzan Toyoda Rokoji, in whose training hall he resided for seven years while also enduring a severe training in traditional martial arts; Dogen Hosokawa Roshi (Omori Roshi’s main dharma heir), with whom he trained for fifteen years; and So'zan Miller Roshi, 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 Zen lineage holder empowered to transmit the full range of Rinzai Zen practices.
Aside from Zen, Meido is also ordained in the Mt. Koshikidake tradition of Shugendo and works to establish Shugendo practice places within natural areas near Korinji. Before his ordination he traveled internationally for many years as a professional martial art teacher. He continues to travel widely, conducting retreats across the United States and Europe.
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 Zen is to be enlightened 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 awakening is the recognition of your own "original face".
Rinzai Zen practices include sanzen (dynamic encounter with the teacher in which the “direct pointing” to awakening occurs), foundational and advanced methods of zazen (seated meditation), koan meditation, extensive practices training the breath and subtle energetic system, many yogic methods to reveal and revisit the mind’s natural clarity, the study of mantric vibration through chanting, and ritual practices for many purposes. Through devoted study of these methods, one swiftly gains unshakeable confidence that one's own natural mind is precisely what we call “Buddha.” Training with devotion, revealing this intrinsic wisdom in the play of daily activities, freedom and liberation naturally unfold.
Rinzai Zen is an extremely direct path of enlightenment, quickly dissolving delusion. Its power to transform can seem almost shockingly strong. But those who practice it may attain profound wisdom within this very life. The authentic expression of such wisdom 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.