White Plum Asanga

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Many teachers of the White Plum Asanga present at the 40th anniversary of the Zen Center of Los Angeles

White Plum Asanga, sometimes termed White Plum Sangha, is a Zen school in the Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi lineage,[1] created by Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi.[2] It consists of Maezumi's Dharma heirs and subsequent successors and students.[3] A diverse organization spread across the United States and with a small presence in Europe, the White Plum Asanga

[I]ncludes teachers who represent the spectrum of styles to be found to American Zen—socially engaged Buddhism, family practice, Zen and the arts, secularized Zen, and progressive traditionalism."[4]

Conceived of informally in 1979 by Maezumi and Tetsugen Bernard Glassman, the White Plum Asanga was named after Maezumi's father Baian Hakujun Dai-osho and then later incorporated in 1995 following Maezumi's death. Tetsugen Bernard Glassman was the White Plum Asanga's first President and his successor was Dennis Genpo Merzel.[5] Following Merzel's term, in May 2007, Gerry Shishin Wick was elected President of White Plum.

Notable members[edit]

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  1. ^ White Plum Asanga website
  2. ^ Tucker, 174
  3. ^ Maezumi, 171
  4. ^ Westward Dharma, 111
  5. ^ Luminous Passage, 282


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