Sojun Roshi: Humpty Dumpty

A talk given at Berkeley Zen Center on Saturday, September 5th 2020 by Sojun Mel Weitsman.


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About Sojun Mel Weitsman

Hakuryu Sojun Roshi began to practice at San Francisco Zen Center on Bush Street in 1964, and in1969 he was ordained by Suzuki Roshi as resident priest at the Berkeley Zendo. He received Dharma Transmission from Suzuki Roshi’s son and successor, Gyugaku Hoitsu, at Rinsoin temple in Japan in 1984, and was officially installed as Abbot of Berkeley Zen Center in 1985. Along with his responsibilities in Berkeley, Sojun Roshi helped train students and teachers at several affiliated temples. From 1988 to 1997 he served as Co-Abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center. Sojun Roshi gave Dharma Transmission to numerous students, each of whom draws on their experience and understanding in offering Sojun and Suzuki Roshi’s teaching to others all over the country. Hakuryu Sojun Roshi— White Dragon/Essence of Purity— Mel Weitsman peacefully passed from this world to the Pure Land of Buddhas and Ancestors on January 7, 2021. He continues to live in the hearts and minds of all who knew him.

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