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John Daido Loori, Roshi  1931 - 2009

John Daido Loori, Roshi, author, artist, Zen Master was the founder and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper, New York. Trained in koan Zen as well as in the subtle school of Master Dogen's Zen, he was a dharma heir of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi. He received transmission in both the Rinzai as well as Soto lines of Zen Buddhism.

Devoted to maintaining authentic Zen training, he developed a distinctive style, called the Eight Gates of Zen, based on the Eightfold Path, involving both monastic and lay practitioners in a program of study that embraces every aspect of daily life. Zazen and a strong teacher-student relationship form the core of the training, supported by art practice and other areas of study, as was traditional during the Golden Ages of Chinese and Japanese Zen.

Daido Loori was also an award winning photographer and videographer, with dozens of exhibitions to his credit and a successful career in both commercial and art photography. He had over 50 one-person shows, and his work has been exhibited in over 50 group shows both in the United States and abroad. His photographs have been published in leading photography magazines, including Aperture and Time Life.