Maestra Barbara Kosen seal

Bárbara Kosen Zen Sangha
Zenkan – Taisen Deshimaru Zen Association

Dear friends, monks and nuns, practitioners, bodhisattvas and sympathizers: we need your collaboration to help the Sangha at Cuba.

This last year has been difficult for everybody. The pandemic has left a trace of pain, fear and precariousness in many people, and in Cuba this has been especially hard. Since many years, I visit Cuba to give ordinations and to celebrate sesshins, following the steps of master Kosen Thibaut, who founded the Cuban Sangha in 1996. Today it is managed by Master Michel Tai Hei, to whom I transmitted the Shiho at Shorin Ji temple in 2108. The Sangha at Cuba has been practicing in private homes or in lent spaces, not having a fixed location where to get together and celebrate sesshins.

We now have the opportunity to help them to acquire a center for the practice of the Way….
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Initiative for the creation and financing of a Zen Center in Cuba
(Master Báraba Kosen)



The Taisen Deshimaru Zen Association exists since 1.994 and was founded in Madrid by Zen Master Bárbara Kosen and her disciples for the establishing and diffusion of Zen Buddhism the way that was transmitted by Master Taisen Deshimaru, who introduced Zen in Europe in the seventies. The Mokusan Dojo at Madrid and Shorin-ji Zen Temple in Villanueva de la Vera are the sites where its activity takes place.


Is the way to sit in silence, transmitted from master to disciple since Shakyamuni Buddha, who experienced awakening through this specific posture, mind and body in unity. We practice Zazen on a daily basis and in group: “more wood, a bigger fire” – used to say Master Deshimaru. We silently realize the posture of the sitting Buddha, still and clear as the full moon. Zazen is complete action, without looking for personal profit; a source of wisdom and compassion. Read [+]


The dojo of the Silent Mountain. Daily practice of zazen in the center of Madrid. Practice schedules are in harmony with social life.  Read [+]


SHORIN-JI Zen Temple

Located in the south west slope of mount Almanzor, in the Sierra de Gredos. Shorin-ji means Woods of Awakening Temple. Far from the worldly noise in the depths of the mountain, the simple life of transmitted practice. Read [+]