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Taisen Deshimaru Roshi

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Taisen Deshimaru was a Japanese Sōtō Zen Buddhist teacher, who founded the Association Zen Internationale. Deshimaru founded the Association Zen Internationale in 1970, and La Gendronnière in 1979. Deshimaru trained many disciples and was the catalyst for the creation of a multitude of practice centres. His teachings and multitude of books helped spread the influence of Zen in Europe and America, particularly of the Sōtō sect.