In 1967 the Japanese Zen master Taisen Deshimaru came to Paris to teach authentic Zen to Europeans following the wish of his master Kodo Sawaki. At that time the Frenchman Stephan Thibaut got known to master Deshimaru and became his disciple.
In 1971 he became ordained monk and received the name Kosen. For 15 years Kosen practiced and studied at his master’s side. He followed him on all his travels through Europe and Japan. After the death of Master Deshimaru in 1982 Master Kosen continued the practice and led many sesshins (intensive zazen sessions) in Europe and South America.
In 1984 he received the shiho (Dharma transmission) from Master Niwa Zenji, Head of the Eiheiji Zen monastery founded in 1244 by Dogen, and became a Zen master in the ancient Zen tradition.
Under the guidance of Master Kosen there are Zen dojos in Europe, South America and Canada, and two temples, one in France and one in Argentina. Master Kosen was the founder of the original European Zen Center. He lived in Amsterdam between 1992 and 2000. He now lives in Montpellier, Southern France.
His book “Modern Monks” reminds us of the powerful and inspiring texts of ancient Chinese Zen Masters. Master Kosen Thibaut teaches in an original way a Zen practice with the taste of freedom.