Keido Fukushima, Roshi

Fukushima RoshiKeido Fukushima-roshi is a Rinzai master who has made significant contributions in terms of bringing Rinzai practice to the West. Fukushima-roshi, a Dharma heir of Zenkei Shibayama-roshi and Okada Kido-roshi, first came to the United States in 1969 as Shibayama’s attendant. He also taught at an American university for one year, and since 1989 he has been making annual visits to the United States to give lectures at various places and hold sesshins in Little Rock, Arkansas. In Japan he served as head abbot of Tofuku-ji, where a number of Western Zen teachers have traveled to study under him. These include Jeff Shore, Kuzan Peter Schireson and Myoan Grace Schireson, among others.

Today Keido-roshi is in poor health, stricken with Parkinson’s Disease. On October 22, 2009 Keido-roshi retired as Abbot of Tofuku-ji and his student and Dharma heir, Harada Jien Roshi, has taken over as Abbot of Tofuku-ji. Harada Jien Roshi does not understand English, so Westerners will not be receiving instruction from him unless they are fluent in Japanese. Keido Fukushima has retired to Okayama for care and is currently not accepting visits or correspondences.

Bibliography

  1. The Laughing Buddha of Tofukuji: The Life of Zen Master Keido Fukushima (Spiritual Masters)
  2. Zen No Sho: The Calligraphy of Fukushima Keido Roshi

Links

Tofuku-ji:
http://www.tofukuji.jp/english.html