John Daido Loori, Roshi

About us

Daido Roshi (1931-2009)was the founder of the Mountains and Rivers Order and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. A successor of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi, he was among a handful of Zen teachers to be recognized as holders of both the Soto and Rinzai lineages of Zen. Daido Roshi drew on his background as a scientist, artist, naturalist, parent and Zen priest to establish an American Zen Buddhist training center. He was the author of numerous books, including The Eight Gates of Zen and The Zen of Creativity.

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My inspiration sparks from my innate charge to connect with a collective innate goodness. I aspire to live in a way that continuously blossoms and embraces my wise and compassionate human nature. Freundl

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We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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