ronnewmexico wrote:I am certainly no expert on Zen, my experience being in the main as a volunteer handyman at a zendo, but by my uneducated take, I'd say Bernie Glassman is much more controversial, currently and there being many past controversial masters in America.
Yeah - I didn't really mean to highlight the "controversy" aspect except to indicate that Daido Loori is likely to be undervalued (except by his students and people who's lives he changed directly) for at least a generation. And this will be the same for many western masters IMHO. In actually I see nothing at all controversial in Daido Loori's life, really.
As for other Zen teachers - well, in general Zen Buddhism in the west is having troubles but teachers like Daido Roshi and other Zen teachers who at least attain deep samadhi and are deeply devoted to the teachings are still definitely available (now Daido Roshi as an example that, as he put it once - anyone could actually become a Zen master).
Unfortunately the leave things as they are environmental wilderness ethic he is rumored to have held leaves out the most critical part of wilderness management, most often.....the role of fire and forest fires in such environments.
Likely this is a result of Daido Roshi's view that sentient beings are everywhere (the traditional Buddhist view) combined with his teachings of the insentient. I hadn't heard this about fire (or controlled fire) but this would be something to look into. Perhaps he has a very good reason. More likely he had a view that transcended the duality of for and against.
A great master it appears. As such things go I'm certain he will continue to be honored within his lineage. What else can a lineage holder hope for, aside from enlightenment of course?
Daido Roshi was a great teacher who saved many beings by getting them kickstarted on the spiritual path. My impression was that he attracted lots of people for whom the spiritual life had lapsed for a while and hooked them. And many people are practicing Buddhists because of his teaching.