White Plum

smile portrait 82In 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 White Plum Asanga is an affinity organization of peers in the lineage of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi.

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. We hold a memorial service for Maezumi Roshi and for:

His family:

  • Baian Hakujun Kuroda, father
  • Yoshi Kuroda, mother
  • Kojun Kuroda, eldest brother, Hoshin-ji
  • Takeshi Kuroda, brother, Zenko-ji

Successors of Maezumi Roshi

  • John Daido Loori, Zen Mountain Monastery
  • Charlotte Joko Beck, Ordinary Mind School

Sucessors of Bernie Glassman

  • Sandra Jishu Holmes, Co-Founder of Zen Peacemaker Order (ZPO)
  • Lex Jikai Hixon, ZPO
  • Stef Mui Barragato, Tree Top Zendo
  • Peter Muryo Matthiessen, Ocean Zendo

Sucessor of Dennis Genpo Merzel

  • John Shodo Flatt

Successor of Stef Mui Barragato

  • Margaret Ne Eka Barragato, Tree Top Zendo

Successor of Peter Muryo Matthiessen

  • Madelyn Ko-I Bastis, Ocean Zendo