In the 1960s, Paul Discoe was in on the ground floor of Zen architecture in the United States.
He became a student of Zen Buddhism, studying and building at the Tassajara complex in northern California. His own wood-based Zen-Buddhism architectural structures and renovations in the U.S. and Europe are the focus of this book.
An ordained Zen Buddhist Priest, Paul Discoe studied art history and philosophy as an undergraduate in the United States and later Buddhist temple design and construction in Japan. He became a student of Suzuki Roshi at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in California and after four years, Suzuki sent him to Japan to train under a traditional master builder for five years.
Upon returning, Discoe studied and worked at San Francisco Zen Center before founding Joinery Structures in 1988. Having built both temples and high end residences Discoe is now focused on pre-fab housing and furniture using the urban forest.
Important school of Buddhism that claims to transmit the experience of enlightenment achieved by the Buddha Gautama. Arising as Chan in China in the 6th century (introduced by Bodhidharma), it divided into two schools, the Southern school, which believed in sudden enlightenment, and the Northern school, which believed in gradual enlightenment. By the 8th century only the Northern school survived. Zen developed fully in Japan by the 12th century and had a significant following in the West by the later 20th century. Zen teaches that the potential to achieve enlightenment is inherent in everyone but lies dormant because of ignorance. It is best awakened not by the study of scripture, the practice of good deeds, rites and ceremonies, or worship of images, but by breaking through the boundaries of mundane logical thought. Methods employed vary among different schools and may emphasize the practice of zazen (in the Soto school), the use of koans (in the Rinzai school), or the continual invocation of Amida (in the Obaku school; seeAmitabha).