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Roshi John Daido Loori

Arthur J. Magida

in Opening the Doors of Wonder

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245457
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941717 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520245457.003.0020
Roshi John Daido Loori

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John Daido Loori was raised a Catholic in Jersey City. Not comfortable with Catholicism as a kid, as an adult he explored various religions, finally finding his way to Zen, which he studied for fourteen years before becoming a Zen priest and returning to the East Coast from California to teach. Loori views Zen as adapting, over and over, to specific cultures while never losing its integrity and power, using its ancient wisdom to take Master Buddha's Traveling Enlightenment Show from one country to another, from one millennium to another. This chapter explores his life and beliefs. Even after studying Zen's lay and monastic traditions, Loori is thoroughly American—a childhood in Jersey City is hard to put behind you.

Keywords: John Daido Loori; Zen; Traveling Enlightenment Show; East Coast; monastic traditions

Chapter.  4043 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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