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Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago

Founded 1949 - by Soyu Matsuoka, Roshi

Public Talk:

American Zen Pioneer Soyu Matsuoka, Roshi
Life, Legacy & Teachings
Sunday June 2nd  2:00 PM

Born and trained as a Zen Buddhist priest in Japan, Soyu Matsuoka, Roshi came to the United States in the 1930s and founded Zen Centers on the west coast.  After being released from the Japanese detention camps after WWII he settled in Chicago and founded the ZBTC in 1949.  He was one of the foremost pioneers of Zen practice in America.


Zenku, Jerry Smyers is a Soto Zen Priest in the Lineages of Soyu Matsuoka Roshi and Shohaku Okumura Roshi. Zenku began his training as a disciple of Kongo Langlois Roshi, Abbot of the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago and a dharma heir of Matsuoka Roshi, in 1976. Zenku trained at the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago and was ordained a Zen Priest in 1982. Zenku was a Priest in Chicago until 2005, assisting Kongo Roshi until his passing in 1999, and then providing Temple leadership.

In 2005, Zenku moved to Montana and established the Mission Mountain Zen Group in Dayton Montana. In 2010 Zenku became a disciple of Taiun Elliston Roshi, Abbot of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center, and a dharma heir of Matsuoka Roshi and Okumura Roshi from the Uchiyama Lineage. In 2012, Zenku received dharma transmission from Taiun Roshi. Zenku is a member of the Silent Thunder Order Zen lineage founded by Matsuoka Roshi and a member of Soto Zen Buddhist Association. 

  Please join us for this presentation and discussion.

All are welcome.

We are a non-profit religious organization and depend exclusively on the generosity of our guests. A donation of $20 is encouraged.

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