White Plum Asanga

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

Notable centers

See also


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


External links

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