[Buddha-l] Oops--Article is from NY Times

Franz Metcalf franz at mind2mind.net
Wed Aug 25 21:12:28 MDT 2010

Hi all,

Sorry to reply so late--I was out of town officiating at my nephew's  
wedding. (Yes, attachment, but so beautiful!)

What strikes me most about this recent to-do is that Aitken Roshi was  
on the case *years* ago and yet nothing happened until a brave woman  
stood up this June and stuck her shovel into the heap that is Shimano  
Roshi. It takes a lot to bring down a Zen mountain. (I say this  
knowing that Shimano's insight into reality is incomparably,  
inexpressibly deeper than my own; yet I cannot abide his actions over  
*forty years*.)

I know ZCLA--the community I know best--is hardly without sin, but  
they have progressed *far* beyond this sort of denial. How did Aitken  
get dragged in, and why weren't his words heard and acted on? Perhaps  
because of those AZTA members now defending Shimano--and because of  
the conservatism they represent? Stuart, having read and popularized  
the Aitken letters, what do you think?


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