Tozen, as he calls himself, started the
Anchorage Zen Community and
Milwaukee Zen Center
and is now, 12-16, retired and living in Santa Rosa near his dharma heir
Jisho Carey Warner. Tozen
and I are in touch and he helps me from time to time with Japanese and
kanji. Andrew Atkeison,
who lives a few blocks from Tozen, has been close to him for some years
now. Miss our get-togethers at Aroma Roasters where also Katrinka, son
Clay, Dennis Samson, and Howie Klein would join in. - DC
11-02-13 - Tozen Akiyama interview on Sweeping Zen
7-28-12 - Picking up Tozen Akiyama in a while in Santa Rosa. Taking him to Green Gulch to have lunch with Shohaku Okumura. In honor of this event, posting many more lectures given in earlier years by Tozen, now happily retired and avoiding most ceremonies and social obligations. - dc
Tozen Akiyama Roshi dharma talks and more on him
Only Fear Not-Practice - excerpt from Milwaukee ZC book
Tozen Akiyama remembers almost meeting Shunryu Suzuki
10-12-14 - From Hideko Oga: My friend, Rev. Akiyama sent me an e-mail but he forgot the photo to attach. Then, he responded – ”I sent you one of the most important Buddhist teachings in my last email, ‘Attachment is empty.'"
From Our Great Friend and Teacher Kobun Chino by DC
L to R - Andrew Atkeison, Michael Stusser, Tozen Akiyama, and Zoshi Takayuki in the Meditation Garden at Stusser's Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary.
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