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Tozen Akiyama

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Hopeless 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

Bio on Sweeping Zen

Mini bio on Milwaukee ZC site

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

Tozen Akiyama came from Japan to be a priest in America. Kobun had agreed to be his sponsor and was to pick him up at the airport. He didn’t nor did he respond to any of Tozen’s attempts to contact him. Finally when it was too late, Tozen met him somewhere. Kobun apologized. Tozen asked him again if he would be his sponsor upon his return. Kobun said yes and details were quickly agreed on. When the time came Kobun didn’t show and couldn’t be located. Tozen found another sponsor. But he still remembers Kobun fondly.

L to R - Andrew Atkeison, Michael Stusser, Tozen Akiyama, and Zoshi Takayuki in the Meditation Garden at Stusser's Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary.




Zoshi is a wood sculptor. - dc






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