A letter from Roland Yuno Rech
Etienne, who like Master Deshimaru did not have the time to transmit the shiho to his disciples, amply deserves this hommage and this posterity.
When I first met master Deshimaru, in september 1972 in Zinal, it was Etienne who faithfully translated him. One could feel a true communion I shin den shin between them. Etienne intuitively understood what Sensei wanted to say because he was not hindered by his own thoughts. Like his name suggests, Mokusho was very silent but also very attentive and very present. In summary, a true monk!
He had numerous disciples who 25 years after his death continue to practice with confidence, being still impregnated with his teachings. I had the joy to receive the shiho from Niwa Zenji at the same time as he and Stéphane Thibaut. Despite our very different personalities we share the same dharma. Thank you for preserving it and transmitting it.
Roland Yuno Rech