In 1976, the White Plum Asanga was established by Taizan Maezumi Roshi (1931-1995), one of the great pioneers of modern Zen, who opened up a unique tradition of Buddhist practice to a worldwide movement.
The Asanga provides opportunities for amicable association and for sharing common experiences, and a forum through which members can support each other. The Asanga is not a sanctioning or disciplinary organization.
Asanga membership is open to all Dharma Successors in the direct lineage of Maezumi Roshi who are approved by 2/3 of the existing members at the meeting where the proposal for membership is presented.
Maezumi Roshi received dharma transmission from Baian Hakujun in the Soto lineage. He also received Inka in the Shakyamuni Kai through Koryo Roshi and received Inka in the San Bo Kyo Dan through Yasutani Roshi. He drew from an exceptionally rich background and expressed the teaching of the Buddha in a very broad and colorful way.
At the age of 64 Maezumi Roshi died suddenly in Tokyo, Japan in the early morning hours of Monday, May 15 (Japanese time), 1995.
Every year, in May, the Members of the White Plum Asanga gather at various Zen Centers of the Asanga Members. This year, 2014, the meeting will be held at the Greyston Mandala location in Yonkers, New York. Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemakers organization is hosting the meeting.