The Sasaki Archive

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The sayings and doings of Joshu Sasaki



"I 'suffered Roshi's abuse' – and it was the closest I ever got to god."
A female student.
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1 11/16/12



20121116_Martin_Sasaki.pdf








Everybody Knows

Kyozan Joshu Sasaki Roshi and Rinzai ji.

Joshu Sasaki Roshi, the founder and Abbot of Rinzai ji is now 105 years old,

and

he has engaged in many forms of inappropriate sexual relationship with those who have come to him as students since his arrival here more than 50 years ago.

by Eshu Martin

“His career of misconduct has run the gamut from frequent and repeated non-consensual groping of female students during interview, to sexually coercive after hours ‘tea’ meetings, to affairs and sexual interference in the marriages and relationships of his students. Many individuals that have confronted Sasaki and Rinzai-ji about this behavior have been alienated and eventually excommunicated, or have resigned in frustration when nothing changed; or worst of all, have simply fallen silent and capitulated. For decades, Joshu Roshi’s behavior has been ignored, hushed up, downplayed, justified, and defended by the monks and students that remain loyal to him.”


2 11/21/12




20121121_Schireson_SZ.pdf








A ZEN WOMAN'S PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE ON SEXUAL GROPING, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, AND OTHER ABUSES IN ZEN CENTERS

Posted by: Myoan Grace Schireson
on November 21, 2012

"Eshu Martin has published painful allegations about Mt Baldy Zen Center and Joshu Sasaki's abuse of women students. Rumors about Reverend Sasaki have circulated for decades, but until now, no member of that community has spoken up publicly. What is missing for many observers are the first-hand accounts of women. For a woman to speak up as the object of unwholesome sexual attention is a no-win situation. I was 'groped' by a Zen teacher twenty years ago, I still have only told one close fri end. I feel ashamed. And I know from experience what can happen when I have come forward."

3 11/22/12






20121122_RinzaiJi.pdf









Rinzai-ji Zen Center Website

http://www.rinzaiji.org/

Important Announcement

"Recently the Board of Directors of Rinzai-ji has become aware of allegations posted on websites of sexual misconduct by Joshu Sasaki Roshi, the Abbott of Rinzai-ji. The Board takes allegations of inappropriateness regarding any Rinzai-ji teacher's behavior very seriously. The Board is therefore conferring this weekend to create a plan to address this issue. We will move as quickly as possible and request your patience over the next few days as we develop a process to address these concerns."


4 11/23/12


20121123_Tebbe_SZ.pdf


I'M SORRY, WAS THIS AN INOPPORTUNE TIME? MAYBE NEXT WEEK WOULD
HAVE WORKED BETTER?

Posted by: Adam Tebbe

on November 23, 2012



"I really am awestruck anymore by the reactions to scandals when they are published. The poor readers are tired of it all (let's just gloss over those victims). One man contacted me on Facebook to inform me I am the 'Pee Pee Police.' Another angry blogger previously commented that we're Sweeping Sins, now. These are just cute snapshots of an emerging theme, one which I see now flooding over in to the Zen teacher community. I'm not going to name any names, but I have a pretty good sense when the wagons are circling. In this case, it probably won't be long before the wagons blaze off and away, turning their back on the website for giving Zen a bad name. This is probably why other media outlets do 99.999% fluff in their publications, because the teachers, the readers ... they'll turn on you."


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