Meido Moore Roshi (1968) is the abbot of Korinji, our monastery in Wisconsin, and guiding teacher of the Korinji Rinzai Zen Community. He is the author of „The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice“ and „Hidden Zen: Practices for Sudden Awakening and Embodied Realization“; (both from Shambhala Publications).
Aside from Zen, Meido is also ordained in the Mt. Koshikidake tradition of Shugendo and works to establish Shugendopractice places within natural areas in North America. For many years he was a professional martial art teacher; he is certified as a shihan (master-level teacher) by the Aikido World H.Q. in Tokyo. He travels widely, conducting retreats and other events (see all events) across the United States and Europe.
Teacher and Lineage
Meido Roshi began Zen practice in 1988 and trained under three teachers in the line of the great 20th century Rinzai master Omori Sogen Roshi: the late Tenzan Toyoda Rokoji, in whose training hall he resided for seven years while also enduring a severe training in traditional martial arts; Dogen Hosokawa Roshi (Omori Roshi’s main dharma heir), with whom he trained for fifteen years; and So’zan Daitetsu Miller Roshi, with whom he trained for three years. He has completed the koan curriculum of this lineage, and in 2008 received inka shomei or „mind seal“: recognition as an 86th-generation Zen lineage holder empowered to transmit the full range of Rinzai Zen practices.
Tenzan Toyoda Rokoji (1947 – 2001)
Dogen Hosokawa Roshi
So’zan Daitetsu Miller Roshi
The Rinzai Zen Way – A Guide to Practice
by Meido Moore Roshi, Shambala Publications, 2018
The definitive beginners guide to the Rinzai Zen path. It includes detailed instructions, with many explanatory photos, for basic meditation and other practices that you can start to practice at home.
Hidden Zen – Practices for Sudden Awakening and Embodied Realization
by Meido Moore Roshi, Shambala Publications 2020
This book reveals, for the first time, a treasury of „direct pointing“ and internal energy cultivation practices preserved in the Rinzai Zen tradition, along with detailed instructions for their use.
Korinji’s Patreon page is a constantly growing online library of Zen instructional and dharma talk videos featuring Meido Roshi for member. At least two new videos are added each month…often more. Zoom sessions with Roshi are also offered. Access to Korinji’s Patreon page is among the benefits received by new members of The Rinzai Zen Community.