Master Roland Yuno Rech

rolandBorn in 1944, Master Roland Yuno Rech graduated from the Institute of Political Science in Paris (Science Po) and received a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Paris VII. At the end of a trip around the world, he discovered the Zen practice in a temple in Kyoto and decided to return to France to study the teachings of Master Deshimaru. He was his disciple from 1972 until 1982 when Master Deshimaru died. Following his Master’s recommendations, he went back to working in an industrial field, which was an opportunity for him to experiment with the practice of Zen in daily life, within an economic and social environment. When his Master died in 1982, he dedicated his activities mainly to the practice and teaching of Zen and was president of the International Zen Association (AZI) until1994.

In 1984, Master Niwa Rempo Zenji, temple superior of Eihei-ji and the highest Zen authority in Japan, certified Master Deshimaru’s mission by giving Dharma  transmission (Shiho) to three of his oldest disciples, one being Roland Yuno Rech.

He his currently Vice President of the International Zen Association. He teaches at the Nice Dojo (Gyo Butsu Ji) at the Gendronniere Zen temple and in sesshin organized by AZI dojos.

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