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zenlikeThe Zen community is has been shaken by a sex scandal.

Joshu Sasaki purportedly misused his position as a Zen teacher for his own sexual gratifications with many of his female Zen students.

According to a report by an independent council of Zen teachers assembled to hear the stories of those affected, these sexual encounters were often initiated “in the formal setting, privacy, and ‘face-to-face’ encounters of the sanzen room.” Sanzen is a ritualized private meeting between a Zen student and Zen teacher.

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