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Joshu Sasaki Roshi dies at 107; monk brought strict form of Zen Buddhism to U.S.
Joshu Sasaki Roshi dies at 107; monk brought strict form of Zen Buddhism to U.S.

When an obscure Japanese monk arrived in Los Angeles 52 years ago, he carried little more than a spare robe, a Japanese-English dictionary and an invitation to teach Zen. But the trappings of his life would not always be so simple. At centers he established on Mt. Baldy and in Jemez Springs, N.M., Sasaki Roshi guided thousands of adherents through a particularly rigorous brand of Zen practice but also was accused of sexually abusing female students over a period of decades. When the allegations surfaced on a Zen website in 2012, a council of senior Zen teachers ordained under Joshu Sasaki Roshi admitted that they had long known but done little. "Our hearts were not firm enough,...

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