Zen master. Director of the Soto Zen International Center. Ex head teacher at Valley Zendo, a Soto Zen practice center in Charlemont, San Francisco.
Rev. Issho Fujita was born in Ehime prefecture in Japan in 1954. He studied developmental/clinical psychology at Tokyo University. Besides academic study, he intensively practiced aikido and Noguchi Exercise. When he was a PhD. Student at the age of 27, he was recommended by a master of Chinese medicine to attend a week-long Zen sesshin (intensive Zen training session) at Enkaku-ji, traditional Rinzai monastery in Kamakura. Through this experience he was deeply fascinated by zazen practice. Eventually he left the graduate school to study Zen full time at Antai-ji, Soto Zen monastery in Hyogo Prefecture.
In 1987 he became a resident teacher at Pioneer Valley Zendo in Massachusetts. During his stay until 2005, he also taught at various colleges and institutions, such as Smith College, Amherst College, Mt Holyoke College, University of Massachusetts, and Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.
From 2010 to 2018 he was a Director of Soto Zen Buddhism International Center in San Francisco. He is visiting many Zen centers and temples worldwide to teach Soto Zen teaching and practice.