Keizan Roshi is a teacher within the White Plum lineage established by Taizan Maezumi Roshi. In 2014 Keizan Roshi was nominated and elected as a full board member of White Plum Asanga and is acting representative for Europe including the UK.
Maezumi Roshi (1931-1995) was one of the great pioneers of modern Zen, who opened up a unique tradition of Buddhist practice to a worldwide movement.
Born into a prominent Soto Zen family, Maezumi received transmission from his father, Hakujun Kuroda Roshi. He then went on to receive approval as a teacher (Inka) from two Rinzai masters, Koryu Osaka Roshi and Hakuun Yasutani Roshi. With this exceptionally rich background Maezumi Roshi was able to express the teaching of the Buddha in a very broad and colourful way. Originally sent to the USA in 1956 as a priest for the local Japanese community in Los Angeles, he went on to found Zen Center Los Angeles and Yokoji Zen Mountain Center. As well as guiding thousands of students, he gave transmission to twelve dharma successors, each of whom is an important teacher in their own right, including Tenshin Fletcher Roshi.
Tenshin Fletcher Roshi
Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi, was born in Manchester in 1955 and went to study with Maezumi,Roshi in 1979 at Zen Center of Los Angeles. He received Dharma Transmission in 1994. In 1995 he took over as Abbot of Yokoji Zen Mountain Center where he still teaches today. He received Inka (fully independent teacher) in 2006 from Genpo Merzel, Roshi. Since 1995 he has been one of the first western dendokyoshi.(foreign trained Soto representative priests). He has several successors including Keizan who received Inka in 2019. He has been involved with the White Plum British sangha since it’s inception in 1980.