Hogaku Shozen McGuire Roshi was the founding abbot of Daibutsuji Zen Temple in Las Cruces (1987) and Cloudcroft (1998), New Mexico. Hogaku is Dharma Heir to Rev. Dr. Soyu Matsuoka Roshi. Hogaku Roshi studied with Matsuoka Roshi in Long Beach, California from 1977 until he moved to New Mexico in 1983. Hogaku Roshi took Shukke Tokudo in 1984 and received Inka Shomei in 1987 from Matsuoka Roshi. In 1985 and 1986 he traveled to Japan with Matsuoka Roshi and was presented to the abbot of Sojiji. Rev. McGuire Roshi was honored with the Transmission of Light Ceremony in the Vietnamese Rinzai Zen tradition by the Most Venerable Thich An Giao and was later elevated to the rank of Great Master which is equivalent to Bishop. He passed away June 24, 2012.