Installing a New Abbot
On January 1, 2011, at 1 p.m., at Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji in the Catskill Mountains, Shinge-shitsu Roko Sherry Chayat Roshi will be installed as the monastery's second Abbot. The Board of Directors of the Zen Studies Society requests the honor of your presence at this historic ceremony. After fifty years of unparalleled dedication to the transmission of Rinzai Zen Buddhism to America, Muishitsu Eido Sotai 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.
Shinge Roshi expresses her gratitude to Eido Roshi, to her teachers who have passed on, to the Sangha members with whom she started out at the New York Zendo, to those with whom she has practiced at Dai Bosatsu Zendo, to all her students at Hoen-ji, to the Central New York community in which she has lived for the past thirty-four years, and to her husband and son, Andy and Jesse Hassinger. Shinge Roshi knows her new role will bring complex challenges. “No matter how difficult it may be, this next phase of my life is, after all, just the continuation of my vow: to be a vessel of the Dharma.” It is with this unshakeable faith that she assumes the role of Abbot of Dai Bosatsu Zendo. Please join us in offering her our deep and heartfelt welcome.
The ceremony will include Shinge Roshi's first Teisho as abbot of Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji and will be followed by a celebratory reception.
To attend or to request more information, please contact Jikyo Bonnie Shoultz and Caroline Savage who are organizing transportation to and from the monastery. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full invitation and announcement can be found here.