The International Zen Association was founded in 1970 by Master Taisen Deshimaru. In the beginning, it went under the name of “The European Zen Association”, its purpose being to give an official structure to his mission and to help spread Zen practice.
Today, it is the oldest and largest Zen association in Europe. It brings together many teachers – most of whom were close disciples of Master Deshimaru – and practitioners. All work together, in various capacities, to firmly root Sôtô Zen Buddhism in the West. Thus they follow through on the momentum given by its founder.