Is there a false Zen of Master Deshimaru ?
If so, why am I mistaking ?


Answer from Master Kosen

Master Deshimaru's zen is the true zen, in all its purity, its freedom and its simplicity. It is the "standard zen", the reference. None of his disciples can pretend to teach Deshimaru's zen at 100%, but they must put all their efforts to do it best and with their most profound conviction, in trying to remember and to practise in the same spirit as he did. But also in understanding by themselves and in being creative. There cannot be any continuity without creativity and constant evolution. There are some disciples of Master Deshimaru who believe that teaching zen to people across the world is comparable to a dog who pees to indicate his territory, it is regrettable.

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