The last of the great teachers of the Golden Age of Zen is dead.
All of that magnificent generation is gone: Kapleau, Kozan, Maezumi, Thien-An, Seung Sahn. All dead.
Sasaki was among the greatest.
But Westerners seem obsessed with a the specter oe was alleged to have sexually "abused" female students for 50 years but was never charged with anything, except financial fraud when he was a monk in Japan running a temple.
People know do not know what Self is, or self-realization, or Satori, easily get fixated on ethics and behaviors.
In my opinion, Sasaki was among the greatest of the Zen teachers in America, if not the greatest. He was like the backbone of Rinzai Zen transmission in America.