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This is an archived article that was published on sltrib. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted. The future of Salt Lake City's Kanzeon Zen Center remains uncertain three months after its charismatic teacher, Genpo Roshi Dennis Merzel, admitted to sexual affairs with three adult women, including one of his advanced students.

Merzel, who is married, disclosed the affairs to followers at a January meeting in the Netherlands but continues to teach and call himself a Zen master, angering many colleagues.

Sixty-six Zen Buddhist teachers, most of them in the United States, wrote a letter to Merzel last month, complaining that he had reversed his intention to step away from teaching in order to take care of his "habitual abuses of power with students and others. Merzel issued a statement of remorse when he returned to Utah in February, stepped down as a Zen Buddhist priest and resigned from the White Plum Asanga, an organization of leaders of Zen communities in the lineage of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi.

Big heart big mind genpo roshi sexual misconduct

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