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Commemorating Robert Aitken Roshi

Dear Friends,

As some of you may already know, Robert Aitken Roshi,  widely known and respected Zen Master and founder of the Diamond Sangha lineage, and revered elder dharma brother to me, died recently at the age of 93. There will be a memorial service honoring him on August 22, at Palolo Zen Center in Hawaii. Another event commemorating and honoring him and celebrating his life and legacy will be held at Berkeley Zen Center on October 30, 2010, which I plan to attend.

Mourning his passing and honoring his life and legacy, we will have a memorial service in his honor at our Maria Kannon Zen Center, during our scheduled zazenkai  this coming Saturday, August 21st at 10:30 am. I will offer my tribute to Aitken Roshi at this service.

All MKZC members and friends and all persons who wish to honor Aitken Roshi are invited to attend and participate.

Palms joined,

Robert Aitken among Yamada Koun Roshi's international Zen students on his 80th birthday (1987)