White Plum Asanga
is an organization of peers whose members are leaders of Zen Communities in the lineage of Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi.

The White Plum Asanga was established by Taizan Maezumi Roshi (1931-1995), one of the great pioneers of modern Zen, who opened up a unique tradition of Buddhist practice to a worldwide movement.

He received dharma transmission from Baian Hakujun in the Soto lineage.  He also received Inka in the Shakyamuni Kai through Koryu Roshi and received Inka in the San Bo Kyo Dan through Yasutani Roshi. He drew from an exceptionally rich background and expressed the teaching of the Buddha in a very broad and colorful way.

The teachers and practice centers that are listed here represent the vision of Maezumi Roshi.


  White Plum Asanga Code of Ethical Conduct and Grievance and Reconciliation Process
(adopted October 29th, 2014)

The White Plum Asanga announces that it has passed, with an overwhelming majority, a Code of Ethical Conduct and a Grievance and Reconciliation Procedure for its 125 members.  We who have been recognized as teachers in the White Plum lineage respect the responsibilities of leadership and of being teachers within our sanghas. We acknowledge our role necessarily gives rise to a power differential in our relationships with students and other sangha members, and for that reason alone, our words and actions can carry great weight. With awareness of this fact, we agree to strive to adhere to this Code of Ethical Conduct as teachers within the White Plum Asanga, a code based on principles of trust, integrity, justice, respect and accountability, in order to nurture an atmosphere supportive of the practice of the Dharma.
The Grievance Procedure will be available to anyone who has a problem with a White Plum Asanga teacher.

To read the document go here.



White Plum Asanga Core Values
(adopted April 11, 2013)
As members of the White Plum Asanga, we seek to grow in our capacity to allow the following to govern our choices and shape our functioning together as an affinity group:

  • A familiarity with the history of our lineage and appreciation for the gift of our heritage as White Plum Asanga.

  • A growing awareness of the interdependence of all beings and consequently our engagement in the alleviation of the suffering of the world, including our careful behavior in all our relationships.

  • A recognition of our own limitations and needs as teachers and leaders through the cultivation of self-awareness, enabling us to deeply appreciate the causes and effects of our actions on the sangha.

  • An affirmation of the essential awakened nature of all beings, as seen in particular in the encouragement of our students to realize and actualize this.

  • An openness to cultivating respect for diversity of religious traditions and dharma expressions, including non-hierarchical structures and processes among Asanga Members.