Just ask Brad Warner, he'll tell you.
Here I go again. And yes, I will.
Brad wants to talk about zen center's abbots. Yet he admits he doesn't really know how the abbots are chosen, he pretends to know our problems.
Brad says, "The other more serious problem with the SFZC solution is that it makes the abbots beholden to what Marx called the “tyranny of the majority”
He goes on to insinuate that our teachers are "forced to act and speak according to the wishes of the majority of her students, she becomes unable to speak the truth as she sees it and the teaching suffers." He might say he didn't mean to say that about SFZC and he was applying it broadly, but this quote follows the previous quote in the following paragraph.
Why am I bothering to say anything? Because he doesn't know what he's talking about. He's never been anything but a guest student at SFZC. He is not qualified to make the above statements.
Here's what I know: I'm anja to our zen center Abbess Linda Ruth, and she really put herself out on a limb when it came to supporting the farm and Califonia's prop 37, which aimed to push mandatory GMO labeling in California. This was an unpopular move for two reasons: One, we actually hung political signs on the temple farm gates, and two, there are zen center priests who do facilitation work with major genetical engineering firms. When she pulled political signs out of the sleeve of her kimono, at 70+ public Sunday Dharma talk, she threatened our dana base as a means of standing up for what she believes is the truth.
Further, being abbot at zen center is a labor of love. Every time we get more responsibility here, the less time we have to sleep. You do get a huge pay increase as abbot, but like he says, it's a temporary rotating position, and it is tiring.
Ejun Roshi Linda Ruth said once if you're upset with zen center, and looking for zen center, look in the mirror, you are zen center.
It must be really nice to not be beholden, to say what you want, live an ethically open lifestyle, write books, and wear a brown okesa.
I call shaveling.