Issho Fujita was born in 1954 in Japan. Through meeting with an acupuncture master, he was led to zazen practice when he was a graduate student in developmental psychology. Eventually, he dropped out of school and entered Antaiji Monastery to practice full-time as a monk. After training at Antaiji, Rev. Fujita came to the United States to become a resident teacher at Pioneer Valley Zendo in Massachusetts. He stayed there from 1987 until 2005. He returned to Japan with his family in 2005 and in 2010 he was appointed Director of the International Center of Soto Zen Buddhism located in San Francisco.