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[511] "Edits to Zen lineage   [...] Sensei Barbara Craig died Dec 20, 2022 (in Janet Richardson line), Roshi Bruce Blackmon died May 3, 2021 (in Janet Richardson line) [...] Also Dr. Ciolek,  I wanted to let you know that under the Robert Kennedy lineage, you have titled the section “Christian Zen” but in fact it is really interfaith Zen. Maybe you could change the heading? Many of us under the Kennedy lineage are Unitarians, atheists, Jews and also Christians. Thank you,  Martine Palmiter Sensei", email 6 Jan 2023.
[512] "On Tuesday, December 1 [2009], Roshi Robert Kennedy, S.J., will sit, give a dharma talk and take questions at Fordham’s Interfaith Zen Group, in the Blessed Rupert Mayer Chapel, Room 221 Lowenstein Center, Lincoln Center campus, from 6:10 to 7:45 p.m. For this visit, Roshi Kennedy will speak on the question, “What is it when the story ends?” He will bring to this his uniquely seamless experience of both Zen and Catholic practice, a subject very much in the air since Paul Knitter’s book, Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian", Fordham News, 30 Nov 2009, Fordham The Jesuit University of New York, [access 8 Jan 2023]
[513] "[...] Thank you so much I agree that Christian and Interfaith [a label, suggested on 8 Jan 2023 by TM Ciolek for a section of Harada-Yasutani page] is appropriate; also that heading also needs to go down a little further into the Jinne Richardson/Bruce Blackman line. Many of those teachers are also Christian and also other faiths. One of them is an atheist even, so that same heading would be useful for that section as well. Martine", email 9 Jan 2023.
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[519] In 2023 studies with teachers of the "Vine of Obstacles Zen" cyber-sangha have costed $1500 a year: "Tuition is $125 a month and includes access to the online study, practice and sangha forums, dharma talks, daily group zazen, online retreats, and regular meetings with one of the teachers." [access 24 Feb 2023]
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[530] "Hi, I wanted to point out a mistake and and a few updates for the Al Rapaport line:
You have him under the "MERZEL, DENNIS GENPO" line but he has not been affiliated with him for a long time.
Al Rapport received dharma transmission from Jules Shuzen Harris in 2008.  (Source: and should be in the Maezumi->Bernie Glassman->
Pat Enkyo O'Hara->Jules Shuzen Harris line.
Four updates to Rapaport's line:
- Rev. Russell Kyofu Seikyo Mitchell has dharma transmission as of 2022
- Rev. Joshua Kojo Paszkiewicz has dharma transmission as of 2023
- Tim Ryuko Langdell was made an assistant teacher in 2022
- Angie Reed Shinho Garner was made an assistant teacher in 2022
(Sources for all the above at
Thank you for all that you do maintaining this list. Bows, Ganbo Berry Crawford", email, 6 April 2023.
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[531] "Dear Matthew, My name is Frank Diaz and I am listed on your meticulously documented Sanbo Kyodan online reference page at: I would like to give you some updates so that my current listing is more accurate.  
The current record reads: “Diaz, Frank Seisho (b. 19??-). Senior Assistant Zen Teacher (Hoshi) in the Open Mind Zen Lineage [446]. Ph.D., member of the faculty at Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University [446]. Member of the Lay Zen Teachers Association ( [435].”  
For my birth year, it should list “1975”. I am no longer an Assistant Teacher, and am now a sensei, having received dharma transmission from Al Fusho Rappaport in 2021. I am also the resident teacher at Open Mind Zen Indiana, which has been in existence since 2016:
Thank you very much for your work in preparing and preserving this impressive and valuable record. Kindest regards, Frank", email, 26 Apr 2023.
[532] James Ford's "Letter of Resignation", Wed, January 4, 2023, addressed to Rev. Dokai Georgesen, President, Soto Zen Buddhist Association ""; the Board and Ms Anna Breckendridge, SZBA Operations Manager "".
-    The following three long-term members of the SZBA have tendered their resignations from membership within the Soto Zen Buddhist Association: Rev. James Myoun Ford, Empty Moon Zen; Rev. Melissa Myozen Blacker, Boundless Way Zen Temple and Rev. David Shunyo Caruso, Boundless Way Zen Temple.
-    The triple resignation was triggered "by the recent suspension of Dosho Port's membership" and by loss of the 3 teachers' alignement with the organisation due, as they put it, to "our perception of an expanding list of expectations starting with formation requirements which we do not expect from our students, and extending to what are considered ethical violations that seem at once both overly broad and randomly specific". The email was subsequently confidentially shared with "" on 6 Jun 2023.
[533] "Dear Dr. Ciolek, I hope you are well.  Below you will find some information to add to the Sanbo Kyodan Lineage.
Please let me know of any questions or clarifications and i continue to be so very grateful for you holding this vast and varied Dharma Family. With deep bows,  Douglas (San'Un) Phillips
(please edit as appropriate)
Coghlan, Peggy.  Myoen Jisen Haru'Un, Roshi. (b. 1954) Former student of Rev. Da'i-En Benage, Roshi (mid-1990's). Ordained Priest (2005) by Rev. Kyoki Roberts (Katagiri Lineage); Head Novice Shasta Abbey (2009); Dharma Transmission from Kyoki Roberts (6/10/12),  Inka Shomei (6/27/2023) from Douglas Keido Kaishin San'un Phillips, Roshi, and Mary Keido Koshin Sho'un Gates, Roshi.  Current Director of the Boisie Zen Center (affiliated with Flower Mountain Zen). Member Soto Zen Buddhist Assn. Registered Physical Therapist.   Known teachings:
Lastly, would you and to my bio:  LIc. Clinical Psychologist, Lexington, MA", email, 8 Jul 2023.
[534] Boise Zen Center July/August Newsletter, 1st August, 2023 - [access 11 Aug 2023]

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