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Taisen Deshimaru

Geburtstag: 29. November 1914
Todesdatum: 30. April 1982

Mokudō Taisen Deshimaru Rōshi war ein japanischer Zen-Meister in der Sōtō-Linie und Schüler von Kodo Sawaki , einem der einflussreichsten japanischen Zen-Meister des 20. Jahrhunderts.

Deshimaru erhielt 1965 von Kodo Sawaki die Mönchsordination und begab sich im Jahre 1967 mit der transsibirischen Eisenbahn auf die Reise nach Europa. Er ließ sich in Paris nieder und versammelte in kurzer Zeit eine Schar Anhänger um sich, mit denen er sehr erfolgreich die Verbreitung des Zen-Buddhismus in Europa begann. Es entstanden zahlreiche neue Zen-Gruppen, die die Praxis des Zazen übten.

1970 gründete Taisen Deshimaru die Association Zen Internationale . In den 1970er Jahren erhielt er Shiho von Meister Yamada Reirin, dem damaligen Leiter des Eihei-ji Tempels in Japan, und wurde Kaikyosokan des Sōtō-Zen in Europa. 1979 gründete er den ersten Zen-Tempel in Europa „La Gendronnière“, wo heutzutage regelmäßig viele Menschen an Sesshin, dies sind mehrtägige intensive Meditationsübungen, teilnehmen.

Am 30. April 1982 starb Deshimaru in Japan.

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„Religions remain what they are. Zen is meditation. Meditation is the foundation of every religion.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru

Online interview http://www.zen-deshimaru.com/EN/sangha/deshimaru/q-r/0101.htm
Kontext: Religions remain what they are. Zen is meditation. Meditation is the foundation of every religion. People today feel an intense need to go back to the source of religious life, to the pure essence in the depths of themselves which they can discover only through actually experiencing it. They also need to be able to concentrate their minds in order to find the highest wisdom and freedom, which is spiritual in nature, in their efforts to deal with the influences of every description imposed upon them by their environment. Human wisdom alone is not enough, it is not complete. Only universal truth can provide the highest wisdom. Take away the word Zen and put Truth or Order of the Universe in its place.

„Keep your hands open, and all the sands of the desert can pass through them.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru

As quoted in Zen to Go (1989) by Jon Winokur, p. 126
Kontext: Keep your hands open, and all the sands of the desert can pass through them. Close them, and all you can feel is a bit of grit.

„It's enough just to be without hypocrisy, dogmatism, arrogance — embracing all opposites.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru

As quoted in The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Buddhist Wisdom (2000) by Gill Farrer Halls, p. 162
Kontext: Zen is not a particular state but the normal state: silent, peaceful, unagitated. In Zazen neither intention, analysis, specific effort nor imagination take place. It's enough just to be without hypocrisy, dogmatism, arrogance — embracing all opposites.

„Zen is not a particular state but the normal state: silent, peaceful, unagitated.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru

As quoted in The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Buddhist Wisdom (2000) by Gill Farrer Halls, p. 162
Kontext: Zen is not a particular state but the normal state: silent, peaceful, unagitated. In Zazen neither intention, analysis, specific effort nor imagination take place. It's enough just to be without hypocrisy, dogmatism, arrogance — embracing all opposites.

„Human wisdom alone is not enough, it is not complete. Only universal truth can provide the highest wisdom. Take away the word Zen and put Truth or Order of the Universe in its place.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru

Online interview http://www.zen-deshimaru.com/EN/sangha/deshimaru/q-r/0101.htm
Kontext: Religions remain what they are. Zen is meditation. Meditation is the foundation of every religion. People today feel an intense need to go back to the source of religious life, to the pure essence in the depths of themselves which they can discover only through actually experiencing it. They also need to be able to concentrate their minds in order to find the highest wisdom and freedom, which is spiritual in nature, in their efforts to deal with the influences of every description imposed upon them by their environment. Human wisdom alone is not enough, it is not complete. Only universal truth can provide the highest wisdom. Take away the word Zen and put Truth or Order of the Universe in its place.

„You are the strongest and the others keep their distance. It is no longer necessary to win victories over them.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru

As quoted in A Galaxy Not So Far Away : Writers and Artists on Twenty-five Years of Star Wars (2002) by Glenn Kenny, p. 99

„We feel our shell keeps us safe, but it crushes us and others, and keeps out light and sun.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru

As quoted in Zen Miracles : Finding Peace in an Insane World (2002) by Brenda Shoshanna, p. 80

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„We should learn to think with our fingers.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru

As quoted in Meditation (2003) by Jose Lorenzo-Fuentes, p. 113

„Think with your whole body.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru

As quoted in Wisdom of the Peaceful Warrior : A Companion to the Book That Changes Lives (2007) by Dan Millman, p. 19

„To receive everything, one must open one's hands and give.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru

As quoted in Treasury of Spiritual Wisdom : A Collection of 10,000 Powerful Quotations (2003) by Andy Zubko, p. 184

„If you are not happy here and now, you never will be.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru

As quoted in The Book of Positive Quotations (2007) by John Cook, Steve Deger and Leslie Ann Gibson, p. 279

„You have to practice until you die.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru

As quoted in Leading from Within : Martial Arts Skills for Dynamic Business and Management (1999) by Robert Pater, p. 223

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