John Daido Loori, Roshi
Zen Master & Photographer
(1931-2009)

Abbott John Daido Loori was not only an award-winning photographer but also the founder and director of the Mountains and Rivers Order, an organisation of Zen Buddhist Temples in the US and other parts of the world.

During his life, he held 54 solo exhibitions and participated in 118 group exhibitions.

His photographs have been published in high-quality magazines such as Aperture and Time Life, amongst others. The core of his training was Zen meditation supported by art practice. 

Left: Daido Roshi in the Buddha Hall at Zen Mountain Monastery

Loori's greatest photographic influence was Minor White with whom he studied. He held many photography workshops and lectured widely, not only on photography but on the creative process in general.

He produced many books, including four photography books. As if that isn't enough creative and spiritual achievement for one lifetime, he was also directly involved in the production and direction of 10 documentary films and videos.

Perhaps his best known book is The Zen of Creativity, in which he presents a book that taps the principles of the Zen arts and aesthetic as a means to unlock creativity and find freedom in the various dimensions of our existence.

Loori dissolves the barriers between art and spirituality, opening up the possibility of meeting life with spontaneity, grace, and peace.

Beautifully illustrated and punctuated with poems and reflections from Loori's own spiritual journey, The Zen of Creativity presents a multi-layered  bottomless source of insight into our creativity.

Appealing equally to spiritual seekers, artists, and veteran Buddhist practitioners, this book is perfect for those wishing to discover new means of self-awareness and expression - and to restore equanimity and freedom amid the vicissitudes of our lives.

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Portrait photo by Dharma Communications (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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