Celebrating 110 years of Soto Zen in South America

To commemorate 110 years of Soto Zen in South America, a celebration is scheduled in Lima, Peru, from August 20 to 27, Sweeping Zen reports. The event includes ceremonies and celebrations and visits to Japanese cemeteries, all within a meeting of masters, monks, practitioners, and delegations from different countries in South America and beyond.

Japanese people started immigrating to South America in 1899, and the first Soto Zen teacher to arrive was Taian Ueno, who landed at Callao, Peru, in 1903. In a centennial celebration of Ueno’s arrival in 2004, 36 monks from Japan and North and South America participated. For this year’s event, organizers are trying to involve more South American monks and practitioners. Read more at Sweeping Zen.