John Daido Loori
John Daido Loori, Roshi ("Daido Roshi" for short), is an artist and the abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, located in Mount Tremper, New York and mother-house of the Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism, an American order founded by Loori in 1980. Daido Roshi received transmission in both the Rinzai and Soto Zen traditions, and combines aspects of both in the Mountains and Rivers Order. He is a direct dharma heir of Taizan Maezumi, Roshi, and the author of many books on Zen Buddhism. His art includes paintings and photography, and he incorporates creating art as a form of Zen practice. He is also a trained scientist, a background that informs his strong advocacy for wildlife and environmental protection.
His art has been exhibited in many prominent venues, including the American Museum of Natural History.