Jean-Pierre Faure was born in 1945, holds a PhD in physics and is the father of three children.
He has been practicing zazen since 1977, and was ordained a monk by Master Deshimaru in 1981. Since then, he has practised zazen every day.
He started the Marrakesh dojo in 1979, then returned to France and became head of the Toulon Dojo from 1986 to 1997. He was tenzo at the Gendronnière for several years. He became head of the Gendronnière temple from 1997 to 2002. During this period he was in charge of the construction of the entirely ecological building known as ‘the small dojo’.
In 2002, with the help of his disciples, he founded the Zen monastery Kanshoji
in the Dordogne, near Limoges. Today, he is abbot of this temple.
He has made several trips to Japan and became the disciple of Donin Minamizawa Roshi, vice-zenji of Eiheiji temple (Japan), from whom he received Dharma transmission in 2003. He is a teacher (kyoshi) of the Sôtô School.
He is a member of the Spiritual Council and Vice President of the International Zen Association.
From 2015 to December 2017, he was abbot of the Gendronnière temple.