Tradition lineage in the West – Europe
Since the late 60s of the last centuryOn July 17, 1967, monk Taisen Deshimaru left Japan and traveled to France with the mission of bringing the Sotocen practice to Europe.
In the 1970s Taizan Maezumi Roshi gave his disciple Dennis Genpo Merzel the assignment to support Master Deshimaru in this mission and sent him to Europe. Zen has also established roots in Europe. The Soto School has portrayed the most important European temples in a short video (16:45 minutes).
The Zenriver Temple of Tenkei Coppens Roshi and Myoho Gabrysch Roshi in Holland is presented from minute 13:45. Tenkei Roshi and Myoho Roshi are highly respected members of the Soto Zen School – and are part of our White Plum Zen lineage, which is now also bearing fruit in Germany.