Visit to Keiryu-ji, Camprodon, Spain

Tenkei & Myoho went to visit Gakudo and the Keiryu-ji sangha in the Spanish Pyrenees. The colorful trailer is their provisionary Zendo

The property is located on a large piece of land with breath-taking views, and includes several stone structures.
The one of the left is Gakudo's living quarters; the upstairs is in the process of being remodelled into a zendo.

Shusohossenshiki for Shorin Pasman

Shusohossenshiki group photo with Rev. Yusho Sasaki, the Sokan of the European department of the Soto School in Paris, who came over to take on the position of Jokeshi (official witness)

Receiving the shippei

Dharma Combat

Shorin's koan of choice was Case 25 of the Hekiganroku, Rengeho's Staff


Teisho by Rev. Yusho Sasaki

Rev. Yusho Sasaki gave a teisho on the evening before shusohossenshiki. 17/02/17

Young Rivers Weekend, February 4/5

This was the crowd!

Wintery Day at Zen River

In the field behind Zen River we have some new friends!

Guests from the Longquan Great Compassion Monastery in Utrecht

Nuns and members from the Longquan Great Compassion Monastery in Utrecht joined our New Years Sesshin for a full day of practice. Welcome!

They were very interested in learning how to use oryoki and attended the formal meals served in the zendo.

During the afternoon one of the senior nuns gave a very nice report of her life and practice. It showed again how much we have in common.

December 13 2016: Seminar at Longquan Great Compassion Monastery, Utrecht

Tenkei Roshi was among the speakers at the first anniversary seminar held at Longquan Great Compassion Monastery in Utrecht

Part of the presentation included the rap performed by Taidō Darville on
'The Profound Pivot of the Contemplation of Mind' (觀心玄樞[一卷], Guanxin Xuanshu) by Yongming Yanshou (永明延壽).

Shiho For Ranka du Hullu

On December 11th, 2016 Ingrid Ranka de Hullu received Shiho (dharma transmission) from Tenkei Roshi.
Daniel Taigen Leighton, who came over from the US to conduct a wonderful seminar on Hongzhi,
served as Kyojushi (official witness). Altogether a very happy event for the whole sangha.

Visit Zen River Lima, Peru

Tenkei Roshi & Tammy, along with Hojosan and Shugetsu, were invited by Jorge Ryusho Sensei and the Zen River Lima group to visit Peru.
It included the Eye-opening Ceremony by Hojo-san of the Manjushri statue in their new zendo and a Jukai Ceremony by Roshi for nine enthusiastic members.
They also had the wonderful opportunity to visit Cusco and Machu Pichhu.

Visiting Lecturer from Japan, Shobun Watanabe Roshi

Rev. Shobun Watanabe, a native of Fukushima, lectured on the theme of mutual understanding and cooperation; he gave a moving account of how the
survivors of the 2011 earthquake in his prefecture, that was followed by a tsunami and the meltdown of a nuclear reactor, worked together to cope with the horrific consequences. .

Watanabe Roshi was accompanied by Rev. Togen Moss (left) from the Paris Soto office, and Rev. Hojun (right) from Poland, as translator

Zuisse for Shugetsu & Ryushin

Congratulations to Ingrid Shugetsu Appels who completed Zuisse at Sojiji on November 19th. Coincidentally, Konrad Ryushin Marchaj from New York
participated in the same ceremony, which was attended by several familiar faces!
Hojosan and Yodo-san from Kirigayaji;Seido Roshi and Eisho-san from Toshoji;
Jinen from the USA; and our good friend Koichi-san and his daughter Yuriko from Keisho-in.

Fall Jukai Ceremony

Klaus Hokan 放閑 (unlocked, open all the time) Fadle received Jukai during the Fall sesshin. Congratulations!

Fall in Full Swing

Fall at Zen River came with vibrant colours and crisp air. Perfect for sesshin.

Interview with Tenkei Roshi

Tenkei Roshi was interviewed by Rev. Xianqing, deputy abbot of the Beijing Longquan Great Compassion Monastery 龍泉大悲寺,
during the festive opening of the Longquan Great Compassion Temple in Utrecht last year. Click here to read it on their website.

Funeral ceremony for Koren Sensei

The funeral ceremony for Koren Sensei was very moving; she obviously had touched the hearts of many people.

Half of her ashes were buried in the Buddha grove behind the Zendo; The other half Gakudo Sensei will bury at Keiryuji in the Pyrenees.

Wedding Ceremony for Kim Jinkei Millenaar & Bart Genko Oosting

Congratulations to Kim Jinkei Millenaar & Bart Genko Oosting, who made their wedding vows during a special wedding ceremony officated by Tenkei Roshi at Zen River. Congratulations! (Photo: 'De Bekroning')

Jukai Ceremony for Reinier Kaido Nummerdor

Congratulations to Reinier Kaido (開道 Open Way) Nummerdor, who received Jukai on September 24, 2016

Visit Shunsei-san and Tomoko-san from Mantokuji

Shunsei-san, who stayed at Zen River two years ago, came to visit wwith his mother Tomoko-san. Their family temple is Mantokuji located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Lay Shuso Hossenshiki for Joost Fushin Blom

Congratulations to Joost Fushin Blom, who completed the shusohossenshiki ceremony with flying colours!

In Memoriam Anjo Koren Kasman (1956–2016)

We are very sad to announce that our dearest Anjo Koren Kasman Sensei departed from this world on Monday August 22. Her Dharma name Koren means ‘Shining Lotus’ and we have all seen how she manifested that quality beautifully, even when she had to face a slowly progressing but incurable form of cancer. In fact, just a few weeks ago she said that there was a certain clarity in her mind that she knew would never go. We pray that she may have a swift passage to her next destination.

Many people wrote memorial poems.

Guest speaker Rev. Yusho Sasaki

Rev. Yusho Sasaki gave a very interesting lecture on the legend and myth of the Sixth Patriarch.

Family Week

Family Week concluded with a lovely song & dance performance by the children, with the painting exhibition as a backdrop.

Third Asian Festival of Buddhist Culture, Thailand

Robert Doin vd Roer was present at the Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He was invited to do a short chant during this Buddhist Culture Festival.

Visit Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams

Thanks to the invitation of Ciska Matthes, Zen River was happy to welcome Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams.
Rev. Angel gave an inspiring talk about her work and writings.

Brush Workshop with Kaz Tanahashi, June 10-12 2016

Seminar Retreat with Hojo-san, Yamamoto Roshi & Azuma Roshi

Hojosan officiated the eye-opening for the new effigies of Dogen Zenji and Keizan Zenji

Lecture by Azuma Roshi

Teisho by Yamamoto Roshi

Azuma Roshi presented with a small gift of delft blue at the end of his visit

Jukai Ceremony

Marijke Ringu凛宮 (Dignified Palace) van de Meent, Deasy Junrei 純 霊 (Pure Spirit) Sanchez, Michiel Juten 受展 (Receive and Spread) van den Berge, Eelco Shido 志道 (Determination for the Way) Prak,
Tilmann Shuken修権 (Mastering Balance) Kraemer, Rombout Kengan 賢 眼 (Wisdom Eye) Schipper, Karel Taiho 泰宝(Peace Treasure) Eringa

Buddha Bathing Festival & Conference at Longquan Great Compassion Monastery, Utrecht

May 17, 2016 - Senko Sensei, Shorin and Shinýu joined the first Buddha Bathing ceremony held at the Chinese Buddhist Temple in Utrecht

Senko Sensei gave a short presentation of the activities at Zen River Temple

The New Garden Shed

May 2, 2016: Making use the of the dry weather, all hands were on deck to paint the new garden shed

Jukai Ceremony and Sakura Spring Sesshin 2016

At the end of Sakura Spring Sesshin, after Jukai ceremony, April 27th, 2016

Congratulations to Kim Jinkei (仁恵 Loving Kindness) Millenaar and Bart Genko (玄光 Black Light) Oosting on receiving Jukai

Zazenkai Madrid

Thursday Public talk at Como Sur, Madrid - "How To Live A Zen Life"

Saturday Zazenkai with Zen River Madrid Group

Classes in Groningen

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