• White Plum Asanga

  • The White Plum Asanga is an organization of peers whose members are leaders of Zen Communities in the lineage of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi, Roshi (1931-1995), one of the great pioneers of modern Zen. Maezumi Roshi established the White Plum Asanga in the late 1970s, opening up a unique tradition of Buddhist practice to a worldwide movement.

    Maezumi Roshi received Dharma transmission from Baian Hakujun in the Soto lineage. He also received Inka in both the Shakyamuni Kai, through Koryu Roshi, and in the San Bo Kyo Dan (Three Treasures school) through Yasutani Roshi. Maezumi Roshi drew from an exceptionally rich background and expressed the teaching of the Buddha in a very broad and colorful way. In 1956, Maezumi Roshi came to Los Angeles as a priest at Zenshuji Temple, the Soto Headquarters of the United States. In1967, he established the Zen Center of Los Angeles. He established six temples in the United States and Europe that are formally registered with Soto Headquarters in Japan. He transmitted the Dharma to twelve successors (including Dennis Genpo Merzel), ordained 68 Zen priests and gave the lay Buddhist precepts to over 500 people. As a major contribution to the transmission of Buddhist teachings to the West, Maezumi Roshi was instrumental in bringing to realization the formation of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association (SZBA) of American Soto Zen teachers. At the age of 64 Maezumi Roshi died suddenly in Tokyo, Japan in the early morning hours of Monday, May 15, 1995.