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Zen Master: An intimate portrait of John Daido Loori Roshi (19 min)

An intimate portrait of one of the early and foremost teachers of Zen Buddhism in the United States. John Daido Loori was the founder and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, in Mt Tremper, NY and the founder of the Mountains and Rivers Order. He received dharma transmission from both the Soto and Rinzai Orders. Before becoming a zen monk Loori served in the U.S. Navy, worked for a number of years as a scientist and married twice. Loori authored more than twenty books on the dharma and was a photographer and nature lover all his life. He is survived by three children, two brothers, four grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and his third wife, Rachael Loori Romero who made this visual poem in his memory. Photos by Rachael Loori Romero, Ros Bell, John Daido Loori . ZMM Archive. Thanks to Tasha Seikan Sudan for production assistance. Chants by ZMM monks and song by Daido and Yukon and thanks for cinuste. All Rights Reserved.

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