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.