Welcome to the website of the International Zen Association.
The AZI was founded by Master Taisen Deshimaru, and its work is to spread and develop Sôtô Zen Buddhism, the core of which is the practice of zazen, objectless meditation. Enjoy your visit.


Activities at la Gendronnière 2016  

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Ango initiation

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Easter sesshin

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Spring sesshin


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Winter session 2015/2016


Photos of Patrick Mor Hossenshiki ceremony at Gendronnière temple

Photos of Ango at Chokokuji (Japan)



Photos of winter Session of the great Sangha 2014 at Gendronnière temple

The documentary A Zen monk life

Photos of L’esprit du geste 2014 at Gendronnière temple


Videos from the Sagesses Bouddhiste TV show on France 2. We will be selecting particularly the shows where IZA teachers were invited. Happy viewing!






 The Members' Space is on line!

If you are a member of the AZI
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Rôhatsu sesshin

A silent sesshin in homage of Buddha’s awakening.

Every year, in each temple, the nuns and monks commemorate Buddha’s awakening, reliving his experience, sat in zazen.
The Rohatsu Sesshin unfolds in silence, facing oneself.
The 30 min zazen follow one another and alternate with kin-hin.

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