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n. pl. ro·shis
The spiritual leader of a group of Zen Buddhists.

[Japanese rōshi, old master.]


(Buddhism) a teacher of Zen Buddhism


(ˈroʊ ʃi)
the religious leader of a group of Zen Buddhists.
[1930–35; < Japanese rōshi]
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Though he visited several different roshis and halfheartedly continued to sit while in Kyoto, it was not until his return to Bolinas in the summer of 1971, at which time he was invited by the Bakers to move into the Zen Center shortly after Suzuki Roshi's death, that he finally took the steps to become a monk.
and Community-Structure (leadership and decision-making structures, such as priests, rabbis, imams, roshis, etc.
Those living exemplars, as charismatic and clairvoyant as the Buddha walking unscathed on an open road: Roaring roshis, shamanic lamas, wizardly tulkus, and wonder-working arahants.
Shunyata, for instance, is Joe Jikyo Jones Roshi to empty reality's Joe Jones; namely a rhetorical flamboyance that serves to occlude what it purports to name precisely because it overwrites what it names (with its grandiosity, cultural-historical complexity, etc.
One lies in the means Zen roshis use in preparing their "students" for having this experience they call satori.
Zen roshis put their "students" in various situations designed to weaken their belief that words (Reality 2) are identical with Reality 1.
In Zen in the Art of Archery, Eugen Herrigel, a German professor in a Japanese university, tells how he experienced satori after practicing archery under the guidance of a Zen roshi.
In Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi spoke of his training.
Its most characteristic Chinese form, Ch'an, scraps the scriptures, despises language, and relies instead on an intuitive "direct transmission" between heroic "patriarchs" and roshis, "Masters," who radiate instruction through their very beings.
8) Zen was a "special transmission outside the scripture" from the roshi or Master.
He would find not only immigrant Buddhist communities from Japan, China, and Vietnam but a multitude of Euro-American Buddhists, including roshis, or teachers, initiated by Asian mentors.
As women take on roles of teachers, roshis, Zen masters?