Shohaku Okumura

Shohaku Okumura

Infobox Buddhist biography
name = Shohaku Okumura



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birth_place = Osaka, Japan
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nationality = Japanese
denomination = Zen Buddhism
school = Soto
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title = Priest
workplace = Sanshin Zen Community
Soto Zen Buddhism International Center
education = Komazawa University
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predecessor = Kosho Uchiyama
successor = Taiun Michael Elliston
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Shohaku Okumura (奥村 正博, b. 1948) is a Japanese Soto Zen priest and the founder and guiding teacher of the Sanshin Zen Community (Sanshinji) located in Bloomington, IndianaOkumara; Kokoro] , where he and his family currently live. Okumura also currently serves as director of the Soto Zen Buddhism International Center in San Francisco, California, which is an administrative office of the Soto school of Japan (formerly located in Los Angeles California under the name North American Soto School in Los Angeles). [http://www.sanshinji.org/teachers.shtml] Okumura is also the editor in chief of the semi-annual "Soto Zen Journal", published by the Soto Zen Education Center. [http://www.sotozen-net.or.jp/kokusai/journal/hogen09/hogen09_index.htm]

Biography

Shohaku Okumura was born in Osaka, Japan in 1948. He received his education at Komazawa University in Tokyo, Japan, where he studied Zen Buddhism. On December 8, 1970, Okumura was ordained as a monk at Antaiji by his teacher Kosho Uchiyama, where he practiced until Uchiyama retired in 1975.Uchiyama, xvii-xxi] He then traveled to the United States, where he continued his Zen studies at Pioneer Valley Zendo in Massachusetts until 1981. After 1981 he returned to Japan and worked on translating works by Uchiyama and Dogen from Japanese to English. In addition, he has also been a teacher at the Kyoto Soto Zen Center, followed by the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1993. [http://www.sanshinji.org/teachers.shtml] Okumura's wife, Yuko Okumura, is a professional chef. [http://www.bloomingtoncookingschool.com/chefbios.htm] In recent years, Okumura gave Dharma transmission to Taiun Michael Elliston of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center, helping to further legitimize Elliston's previous transmission in the sometimes disputed lineage of Soyu Matsuoka. [Silence, please!] The author James Ishmael Ford describes Okumura as, "...a tireless worker bridging the gap between Japanese and non-Japanese practice communities. [Ford, 139]

Bibliography

*cite book| last =Leighton| first =Taigen Dan| authorlink =Taigen Dan Leighton| coauthors =Shohaku Okumura| title =Dogen's Extensive Record: A Translation of the Eihei Koroku| publisher =Wisdom Publications| date =2004| location =Somerville, MA| pages =| url =http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/55286286&referer=brief_results| doi =| id = | isbn = 0861713052
*cite book| last =Leighton| first =Taigen Dan| authorlink =Taigen Dan Leighton| coauthors =Shohaku Okumura| title =Pure Standards for the Zen Community: A Translation of the Eihei Shingi| publisher =SUNY Press| date =1996| location =Albany, NY| pages =| url =http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/42854986&referer=brief_results| doi =| id = | isbn = 0585046239
*cite book| last =Okumura | first =Shohaku, editor| authorlink =| coauthors =| title =Dogen Zen and its Relevance for Our Time: An International Symposium Held in Celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Birth of Dogen Zenji, Stanford University , October 23-24, 1999| publisher = Sōtō Zen Buddhism International Center| date =2003| location =San Francisco, CA
*cite book| last =Okumura| first =Shohaku| authorlink =| coauthors =Koun Ejo| title =Shobogenzo Zuimonki: Sayings of Eihei Dogen Zenji| publisher =Kyoto Sōtō-Zen Center| date =1990| location =Kyoto, Japan| pages =| url =http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/215148008&referer=brief_results| doi =| id = | oclc =215148008
*cite book| last =Okumura| first =Shohaku| authorlink =| coauthors =| title =Dogen Zen| publisher =Kyoto Sōtō-Zen Center| date =1988| location =Kyoto, Japan| pages =| url =http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/18308720&referer=brief_results| doi =| id = | oclc =29269397
*cite book| last =Okumura| first =Shohaku| authorlink =| coauthors =| title =Shikantaza: An Introduction to Zazen| publisher =Kyoto Sōtō-Zen Center| date =1985| location =Kyoto, Japan| pages =| url =http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/18308720&referer=brief_results| doi =| id = | oclc = 18308720
*cite book| last =Uchiyama| first =Kosho| authorlink =Kosho Uchiyama| coauthors =Thomas Wright; Jishō Cary Warner; Shohaku Okumura| title =Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice| publisher =Wisdom Publications| date =2004| location =Boston| pages =| url =http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/54670173&referer=one_hit| doi =| id = | isbn = 0861713575
*cite book| last =Uchiyama| first =Kosho| authorlink =Kosho Uchiyama| coauthors =Dogen; Shohaku Okumura; Taigen Dan Leighton| title =The Wholehearted Way: A Translation of Eihei Dogen's Bendowa| publisher =Tuttle Publishing| date =1997| location =Boston| pages =| url =http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/38190728&referer=brief_results| doi =| id = | isbn = 080483105X
*cite book| last =Warner| first =Jisho Cary| authorlink =Jisho Warner| coauthors =Shohaku Okumura; Taigen Dan Leighton; John McRae| title =Nothing is Hidden : Essays on Zen Master Dogen's Instructions for the Cook| publisher =Weatherhill| date =2001| location =New York| pages =| url =http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/45488199&referer=brief_results| doi =| id = | isbn = 0834804786

ee also

*Buddhism in Japan
*Buddhism in the United States
*Timeline of Zen Buddhism in the United States

Notes

References

*cite web| last =| first =| authorlink =| coauthors =| title =Silence, please! Atlanta gets its first Zen master | work =| publisher =The Atlanta Journal-Constitution| date =2007-08-03| url =http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=AT&p_theme=at&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=11ACB7DF772781C0&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM| format =| doi =| accessdate = 2008-03-15
*cite book| last =Ford| first =James Ishmael| authorlink =James Ishmael Ford| coauthors =| title =Zen Master Who?: A Guide to the People and Stories of Zen| publisher =Wisdom Publications| date =2006| location =| pages =| url =http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/70174891&referer=one_hit| doi =| id = | isbn = 0861715098
*cite web| last =Okumara| first =Shohaku| authorlink =| coauthors =| title =Kokoro| work =| publisher =Buddhadharma: the Practitioner's Quarterly| date =Fall 2005| url =http://www.thebuddhadharma.com/issues/2005/fall/dharma_dictionary.html| format =| doi =| accessdate = 2008-03-15
*cite book| last =Uchiyama| first =Kosho| authorlink =Kosho Uchiyama| coauthors =Thomas Wright; Jishō Cary Warner; Shohaku Okumura| title =Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice| publisher =Wisdom Publications| date =2004| location =| pages =| url =http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/54670173&referer=one_hit| doi =| id = | isbn = 0861713575


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