Taiun Jean-Pierre Faure, abbot of Kanshoji
Maître Dônin Minamisawa, founder of the monastery of Kanshoji.
Taiun Jean-Pierre Faure, abbot of Kanshoji, received the monk’s ordination in 1981 from master Taisen Deshimaru and became his disciple. Twenty years after master Taisen Deshimaru’s death, he received the Dharma transmission from master Dônin Minamisawa and became a certified Sôtô zen teacher.
He maintains a close tie with his master, Dônin Minamisawa, founder of Kanshoji monastery, for zen is transmitted from person to person in an intimate and completely trusting relationship.
2600 years ago in India, Shakyamuni Buddha awakened in zazen under the bodhi tree. This practice has since been transmitted uninterruptedly from generation to generation. As a tribute to this transmission, we recite our lineage every morning.
In the 6th century, Bodhidharma left Sri Lanka and travelled to China, where the experience of awakening developed under the name Ch’an.
In the 13th century, back from China, master Dôgen established Sôtô zen in Japan, where he founded Eiheiji monastery.
Two generations later, master Keizan continued master Dôgen’s mission and founded Sôjiji monastery.
In 1967, Taisen Deshimaru travelled to Europe, where he taught the practice of zen. Until his death in 1982, he educated a large number of disciples, opened over a hundred places of practice, created the International Zen Association (AZI) and founded the Gendronnière temple in the Loir-et-Cher department.