On January 1, 2011, at 1 p.m., at Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji in the Catskill Mountains, Shinge-shitsu Roko Sherry Chayat Roshi (left) will be installed as the monastery’s second abbot.
Eido Shimano Roshi will retire on the last day of Rohatsu Sesshin, December 8, 2010, becoming the Founding Abbot of the Zen Studies Society’s temples, Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji and New York Zendo Shobo-ji. Eido Roshi came to America in 1960 and has contributed greatly to the transmission of Rinzai Zen in the West over the past fifty years. He announced he would be stepping down as abbot of Zen Studies Society earlier this year amid allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a female student. You can read his letter of resignation here.
For a biography of Shinge-shitsu Roko Sherry Chayat Roshi, click here.