In May, Robert Aitken Roshi published the following on his blog:
This is an open letter to Eido Tai Shimano Roshi:
Dear Tai San,
There are many reports of your abuse of women published on the web which indicate that you have been involved in breaking the precepts over a period of more than 40 years. I would like to urge you to come forth and make a statement in response to these accusations. Sincerely yours,
A flurry of comments followed. More recently, Nella Lou of Smiling Buddha Cabaret looked at the Zen Studies Society website and noticed that the page for Ethical Guidelines had been rewritten. Alerted by her post, we looked too. When we returned, however, some of the text had been struck out. See Nella Lou’s post for the text before and after, and a fine job of online forensics. The situation with Eido Shimano Roshi and his Dai Bosatsu Zendo is a loaded, delicate issue. We reached out to Dai Bosatsu to see if we could get some official word, but we haven’t heard back. We will continue to keep you informed as this story develops.
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