Tai Shimano’s introduction to Buddhism occurred while he was still a school boy in Japan during the war. A teacher copied out the words of the Heart Sutra on the blackboard and taught the students to recite them. It was enough to stir his interest. After the war, Shimano entered Empukuji in Chichibu, where his family had moved to escape the bombing raids on Tokyo. The teacher there was Kengan Goto, from whom Shimano received his Buddhist name, Eido; it was derived from the first syllable of the names of the two monks who brought Rinzai and Soto Zen to Japan— Eisai and Dogen.
[Eido Tai Shimano – The Third Step East: 155-61; 55, 56, 115, 117, 118, 119, 147, 152, 153, 181, 212, 230]