Taisen Deshimaru


Taisen Deshimaru was born in Japan of an old samurai family, and he received from the Great Master Kodo Sawaki the Transmission of Mind to Mind when Sawaki died. In 1967, Deshimaru-Roshi went to France and taught as missionary general of the Soto Zen School until his death in 1982. In Europe he learnt how to make Oriental concepts understandable to the Western mind. He published around twenty books in various European languages and gathered a following of many thousands from all over the world, including some of the most sophisticated minds of the West.