Sōtō Zen Buddhism (Sōtōshū) is one of the Zen Buddhist traditions in Japan, inspired by the example and the teachings of Eihei Dōgen Zenji (1200-1253), who is considered one of the two founders together with Keizan Jōkin Zenji (1264-1325).
The fundamental practice of Sōtō Zen is zazen (sitting still meditation) as taught by Dōgen, which is not only a kind of meditation, but the core of the Buddha Way, representing the appearance of Buddha awakening in our life.
The teachings of Sōtō Zen are based primarily on Dōgen Zenji’s vast literary work, first of all the “Shōbōgenzō”(Treasury of the eye of the true dharma), underlining the fundamental tenets of Buddhism, conceived as an universal path of liberation from suffering for human beings in any time and living condition.
The Europe Office is the institutional representative of Japanese Sōtō Zen Buddhism in Europe: its main function is to assist priests who are devoting themselves to the mission of spreading the Sōtō Zen teachings here in Europe.
Presently there are around 300 facilities in Europe (temples, centers and dojos) inspired by Sōtō Zen teachings, many of them connected directly with Sōtō Zen institution. There are more than 300 priests registered as Sōtō Zen clerics.
This Europe Office has administrative functions and performs various activities to promote exchanges between Europe and Japan, as for example:
registering priests as Sōtō Zen clerics
registering temples as official Sōtō Zen facilities
organizing seminars on Sōtō Zen Buddhism
having an annual conference
compiling and distributing teaching materials
organizing lectures and dharma talks.
Sōtō Zen Buddhism Europe Office was first established in France forty years ago, then reestablished in June, 2002 in Milan, Italy. Since 2006 the office has been moved to Paris, France.
SOTO ZEN BUDDHISM EUROPE OFFICE
277 rue du faubourg Saint Antoine, 75011, Paris, FRANCE