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Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi
February 1, 1938 - July 26, 2002

On July 26, 2002, in Switzerland, Kobun Chino Otagawa Roshi drowned while trying to save his daughter Maya who also drowned.


www.kobun-sama.org - gratefully remembering Kobun Chino



2-10-14 - Our Great Friend and Teacher Kobun Chino


July 1, 2013 - Kobun Chino's Stupa Opening


Kobun on Wikipedia


Taido Chino's Square Pegs site with much on his father, Kobun.


12-01-10 - A Light in the Mind Kobun Chino Roshi as remembered by Carolyn Atkinson - the final chapter in her book A Light in the Mind: Living Your Life Just As It Is  (Amazon link) - thanks HK


3-07-11 - Kobun remembers Shunryu Suzuki


1/25/03 - An article by Carol Gallup on Kobun, originally published in The Dot, The Quarterly Newspaper of the International Shambhala Mandala.

A note from John Steiner on Kobun Chino with an announcement of an exhibit of his Calligraphy in Boulder.

An appeal for funds for Kobun's family from Vanja Palmers.

On Kobun and Maya's funeral - David Schneider

On Kobun's passing - DC

Jikoji Home Page with information on their memorial services for Kobun.

A Shambhala Announcement

In Memoriam Poem and comments - William P. Benz

From Haiku Zendo Chronicles - this link goes to the section on Kobun Chino, but he is mentioned earlier in the introduction of this history of the Haiku Zendo in Los Altos.

A story from Rick Fields


8-04-13 - Remember standing with Kobun Chino in 68 at Tassajara during the great visit - looking at the visitors. He pointed to Shunryu Suzuki and said that here's an example of a great Soto teacher. He indicated Hakuun Yasutani and said that there's an example of a great Rinzai teacher He was really Soto but had that fierce Rinzai style and taught with koans. He didn't say "great" either. He used a word or phrase to mean matured, well cultivated. Can't quite get it. Maybe well developed. Anyway, then he pointed to Nakagawa Soen and said, "And there - ahhh - too much personality." At other times i remember asking him what about Soen first.  - dc Posting in DC on SR etc


2-22-13 - Remembering Kobun is a book about Kobun Chino Otogawa that became available last year on a limited basis. I didn't mention it then I guess because I was trying to figure out how to get it and also there was immediate talk of doing another edition with some additions and corrections.

Here's a page for it on the Jikoji site that lists some of the sources. A number of really good links here too. There's mention on that page of sending at least $20 for the book to help compensate Vanja Palmers for it's production but there's nothing about how to get it. It's not listed on Amazon. Here's the Jikoji home page so you can get hold of them to get the book.

When I search for "Remembering Kobun" the Gratefully Remembering Kobun Sama site comes up with German and English sections and links to other memories that are also found on that page or at this site's extensive Kobun section.

I plan to edit my contribution to Remembering Kobun today, get it to Vanja for the next printing, and post it soon. - dc


7-23-12 - Kobun Otogawa Roshi Memorial Sesshin and Celebration

This sesshin, led by Vanja Palmer, honors the 10th anniversary of Kobun's passing.  It begins Wednesday evening after a social dinner at 6 pm, through Saturday and leading to a day-long celebration on Sunday -- see the links above for details, or visit Jikoji's web site.


1/20/03 - CD to benefit the late Kobun Chino's children.

8/23/02 - There will be a memorial service for Kobun Chino Roshi at Jikoji near Los Gatos, CA, on Sunday, August 25th, at 11:00 A.M. Jikoji is located off Hgwy 35, 1.8 miles north of Hgwy 9 on Ward Road. Many will attend. 


Google Links to "Kobun Chino Otagawa" - got this off Bill Benz's poem page by hitting a link that said "Seeing Kobun." If you search for just "Kobun Chino" or just "Kobun" you'll get many more links.

You can search this site for references to Kobun Chino by entering "Kobun" or "Chino" in Google and hitting "search site" if you have Google installed as a toolbar which I find very useful. And it can be put on and off with the flick of a key. You can also do this in regular Google without having the toolbar by hitting "advanced seach." There are too many brief references for me to track them down. - DC


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