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Zen Studies Society

Zen Studies Society
Denomination Rinzai
Founder(s) Cornelius Crane
Abbot(s) Roko Sherry Chayat
Address 223 East 67th Street, New York, NY 10021-6087
Country United States

The Zen Studies Society was established in 1956 by Cornelius Crane to help assist the scholar Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki in his work and to help promulgate Zen Buddhism to Western countries.[1] It is housed on East 67th Street, New York and serves as a Zen practice and training center. The institution came under the leadership of Eido Tai Shimano in 1965 and now maintains both New York Zendo Shobo-Ji and Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-Ji. Allegations of sexual and financial improprieties surfaced regarding Shimano, causing controversy in the community.[2][3] In July 2010 Shimano and his wife's resigned from the board of directors following the revelation of a romantic relationship with a female student, amid accusations that this was only the latest in series of such affairs.[4][5][6] Shimano then resigned as abbot, and announced he would retire from teaching in any formal capacity.[4][7] Eido's heir Roko Sherry Chayat was installed as abbot in January 2011.[5]


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See also


  1. ^ Taylor, 197
  2. ^ Wilson, 58
  3. ^ Tworkov, 192
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