Following on previous coverage of the disrobing of former White Plum Asanga Zen teacher Dennis Genpo Merzel, sixty-six Zen teachers have issued and signed the following open letter, which refers also to Merzel’s own communication, “Owning My Responsibility: A Personal Statement from Genpo Merzel.” These follow here.
19 April, 2011
Dear Mr Merzel,
We are a group of Zen teachers, affiliated with all of the major schools of Zen in the west. We write as individuals, however, not as representatives of any group. We are deeply concerned at your apparent turning away from your own stated intention of stepping back as a teacher in order to take care of your habitual abuses of power with students and others. We are addressing this letter to you with the heartfelt wish that you read and heed our counsel. We are also sending this letter to various Dharma journals and websites because we have deep doubts that the letter will convince you and we feel that the greater sangha needs to be made aware of the problem and our views. Read More