I've been a (barely-practicing) Buddhist for a few years now, and I'm getting my ass in gear and looking for a sangha
(community/congregation). This place
is the closest to me, and their tradition (Soto Zen) is in line with my beliefs. However, the roshi
(teacher/priest) was trained by Taizan Maezumi Roshi, who founded the Zen Center of Los Angeles. Maezumi endured considerable controversy
after he went into rehab for alcoholism (drinking is verboten in Buddhism) and admitted to affairs with students (besides abusing his authority, he was also married). He ended up drinking himself to death. Lineage
is an important concept in Buddhism, as knowledge is handed down from teacher to student. I'm not casting any aspersions on the roshi at Great Plains Zen Center, or on any of its members, but the whole thing just leaves a weird taste in my mouth. Other Zen centers in the West have been plagued by similar scandal
and I'm wondering if any have gone untouched.
I am not claiming to be any sort of saint myself - previous posts are evidence of that - but I do like to think that someone who is teaching me holds themselves to a higher standard than I do myself. And hopefully has better grammar skills.
Given that I do
want to find a community with which to practice, should I give up the notion of moral standards in religious leadership? If so, how do I make this mental shift?